History and Hollywood are a classic combination. Films have portrayed historic events since their existence; with the goal to entertain and maybe even educate to viewer. The film The Monuments Men is one of those films.
Based on Robert M. Edsel’s non-fiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History; The Monuments Men revolves around a group of men who go into an active war zone in order to preserve “the art treasures of western civilization.” George Clooney directs and stars in the World War II thriller as Frank Stokes, an advisor to the president who persuades him that victory in Italy will be meaningless if the treasured art is destroyed or looted. He is directed to assemble a group of seven men to guide the Allied forces, as well as search for stolen pieces, in recovery of the lost art. Rounding out the cast is Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Jean Dujardin.
More interesting than the twist and turns of a Hollywood film is the history behind it, in that art is not what comes to mind when the topic of the second world war is brought up. In this particular case World War II is looked upon with the artistic lens; through people who look at culture being destroyed through the destruction of paintings and other works. Hollywood films in themselves are a form or art, and in this case the film educates about a small group of men who went into a danger zone to preserve more than 5 million works of art (at least that is what can be learned by watching the movie).