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The Rape of Europa

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The Rape of Europa

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
117 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/14/07
director:
Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
distributor:
Actual Films
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a C

Adolf Hitler, that infamous failed painter, may have been nearly as devoted to art as he was to genocide. The Rape of Europa explores the Nazis’ destruction and looting of European culture, and it’s fascinating to hear of Hitler’s attempts to destroy ”degenerate” (i.e., modern) art, or of the bombing of a bridge in Florence designed by Michelangelo. Unfortunately, most of the two-hour documentary is devoted to annotating what the Nazis stole for both their state and personal collections. The movie doesn’t dramatize this crime — it catalogs it. With deadening monotony.