Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Monuments Men

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Monuments Men

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THE MONUMENTS MEN

Directed by George Clooney (Columbia Pictures, 2014)

They didn't storm the beaches at Normandy or liberate Paris. But the real-life "Monuments Men"--a special unit tasked with recovering masterpieces of art that the Nazis had stolen as they took over Europe--may have been just as important to the war effort, or so George Clooney's latest film claims.

Clooney himself stars as Frank Stokes, the leader of a group of museum curators and scholars who find themselves whisked off to basic training. The movie can seem hokey at times, with forced-sounding 1940s dialogue and language barriers disappearing when convenient. But where the film truly shines is the all-star cast. The Monuments Men--played by Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban--project true camaraderie, though it's worth noting the men would not have been nearly as successful without the help of the only female character, played by a shrewd Cate Blanchett. …

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