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The Monuments Men

  • Feb 8, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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This film has an all star cast starting with George Clooney and Matt Damon.

Plot>Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, 'The Monuments Men' is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.

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  • Jon

    A good movie, not a great movie. There were over 350 Monuments Men (and 13 women). They recovered an estimated five million precious objects. Was any one object worth a life? How about 5 million objects compared to 2 fatalities among the360+ Monuments staff? Maybe that is something easier to balance.
    Another movie on the same subject, Burt Lancaster in the "The Train" focuses on a train leaving Paris loaded with looted art, as depicted in the movie we saw.
    Thanks Lee, for organizing.

    February 10, 2014

  • Peter E

    very interesting...

    February 9, 2014

  • andrea

    The cast carried this movie. The scenes of bombed out European towns and other stashes of war spoils added authenticity. But--Anyone even remotely connected to WWII may feel the movie did not touch their heart deeply enough.

    3 · February 9, 2014

    • Brian R.

      I agree, younger people who don't know much about WWII might not get the full impact of the movie.

      February 9, 2014

    • Carol S.

      Have to agree. Loss of art doesn't compare to the atrocities and loss of life.. The movie was shallow in that respect.

      February 9, 2014

  • helena m.

    This movie was definitely a learning experience. I had no idea this happened although I did know artwork was discovered stolen and returned to rightful owners. Was it worth lives? I just don't know.Beautifully acted. Nice time at Paneras with our little group.

    February 9, 2014

  • Lee Z.

    I think the main question that this film asks is, was it worth the lives of two men to save thousands of art pieces? Part of the answer may be, how much do we miss the thousands of art pieces that were destroyed? Enjoyed the film.

    February 9, 2014

  • Carol S.

    A history lesson with great actors. I didn't know this rescue mission had occurred but thank God it did!

    February 9, 2014

  • Patricia B.

    I just got home from work and I have a toothache . If I can rest I will see you later. I couldn't sleep at all last night. Enjoy the movie.

    February 8, 2014

    • Carol S.

      Hi Pat. Sorry you didn't make it to Panera. Hope you are better today!

      1 · February 9, 2014

  • Steven E.

    It was an interesting story about a part of history that wasn't well known.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Loren

    Good movie and good acting. I enjoyed the most being with everyone. Panera Bread was good too as always. Good conversations around the table.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to have to cancel for tonight. See you next time.

    February 8, 2014

    • Loren

      We will miss you Mariann. See you next time.

      February 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will miss you too. See you soon.

      1 · February 8, 2014

  • Steve L.

    Sorry I had to cancel tonight. Seems like my battery in my 2010 is getting old (like me:)) and I got AAA to give it a charge, etc. So I think it's just prudent to simply wait till tomorrow morning and see if the car starts up again, rather than taking it out tonight for the movie. I want to see this movie, so it looks like I'll have to do it on my own :(

    February 8, 2014

    • Carol S.

      Sorry you can't make it Steve! We'll miss you.

      February 8, 2014

  • Ann M

    My schedule has changed -

    February 6, 2014

    • Loren

      You will be missed.

      February 6, 2014

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