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Past Films

The Rape of Europa

  • Director: Bonni Cohen
  • Genre(s): History, Documentary
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Languages: English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Polish
  • Running Time: 117 min

The Rape of Europa is an epic journey through seven countries that follows the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare, which threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on an unprecedented scale in history. But heroic young art historians and curators from America, as well as across Europe, fought back. They did so in a miraculous campaign to rescue then return the millions of lost, hidden, and stolen treasures. (Menemsha)

This film is sponsored by the Springfield Art Museum and is FREE. There will be a post screening panel discussion on art and ownership.

"This gripping documentary sheds light on the frightening totality of Hitler's vision for a Germanic Europe, and the extent to which he and his Nazi thugs were no better than common thieves."
- Ken Fox, TV Guide
"Impressive in scope if unremarkable in style, The Rape of Europa provides a chronology of World War II as it was experienced by "David," "Mona Lisa," and other artistic treasures the Nazis plundered. "
- Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"A startling documentary. "
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This mesmerizing morality play, rich in rare archival footage and complete with heroic Allied saviors, merits a full-fledged arthouse run before reaching larger PBS and cable auds. "
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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