MONUMENTS MEN Begins Shooting

Now that the Oscars have wrapped, George Clooney is turning to his next film, The Monuments Men, based on the true story of a group of  museum directors and curators who, in the last days of WWII, were sent by FDR to retrieve stolen works of art from the Nazis before they are destroyed. It begins shooting in Berlin this month, according to an announcement from Columtia Pictures with the plan of opening in theaters in December.

The film is based on a book by Robert M. Edsel who, after selling his oil and gas exploration company, began researching the efforts of the group called “The Monuments Men,” (which, despite its name,  included at least one woman, Rose Valland, a French Resistance fighter).

Clooney directs and stars, along with Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Robert M. Edsel
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 513 pages
Publisher: Hachette/Center Street – (2009-09-03)
ISBN 9781599951492

There are several other books on the subject (see our earlier story). Edsel is also publishing new book, Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nations Treasures from the Nazis, this coming May.

Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis
Robert M. Edsel
Retail Price: $28.95
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company – (2013-05-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0393082415 / 9780393082418

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