The Rape of Europa
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"The Rape of Europa" is a documentary about Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring and the Nazi's large-scale theft of European art--and the Allies effort to preserve and return it. In a journey through seven countries, the chronicle takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals, as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an… More
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© Menemsha Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"That Hitler was mad is well known. That he was mad about art, not so well."
‑ Roger Ebert, Denver Post
"This is a vast subject, ideally suited to a series of films. It's at its most moving when focusing on the small stories of individual artworks taken from their owners and restored to the families decades later."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"[C]ompels attention and sustains interest as an examination of Adolf Hitler's obsession with claiming Europe's art masterworks for the "master race.""
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"A sometimes intriguing, sometimes maddening essay in the realm of informational overkill."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The directors might have benefited by going smaller %u2014 for instance, focusing on two or three pieces of lost artwork and tracing their history. This art documentary simply isn't artful enough."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The Rape of Europa, an engrossing film based on Lynn Nicholas' 1995 book of the same name, offers a fascinating new perspective on an era that sometimes seems as if it has no more secrets."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Outstanding documentary on the theft and destruction of European masterpieces up to and during WWII."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The Rape of Europa boasts a strong narration by Joan Allen as it explores a less familiar aspect of World War II and the legacy left by the Nazis."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"It's a compelling journey into a soul-chilling past that might not be fully sorted out for generations to come."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"There is a heart-rending feeling to this documentary, in part due to its sense of irretrievable loss."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"A fascinating history lesson about a generally-overshadowed aspect of the Second World War."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"The Rape of Europa is conventionally made, but it doesn't need cinematic sizzle because it's packed with so many fascinating factoids."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Its lack of both style and focus keeps it from being a success as a feature film."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
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