The Rape of Europa
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Adolf Hitler spent years struggling to establish himself as an artist before his political ambitions rose to the surface and he brought the Nazi Party to power in Germany, and documentary filmmakers Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, and Bonni Cohen offer a unique perspective on how Hitler's aesthetic viewpoint may have affected his nation's actions during World War II. The Rape of Europa examines the artistic tastes of Hitler and his leading advisors, and how they looted many of the great museums and private art collections of Europe during the course of World War II in order to stock… More
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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
"Outstanding documentary on the theft and destruction of European masterpieces up to and during WWII."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"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, KPBS.org
"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
"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
"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
"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 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 presents iconic images that viewers who aren't schooled in European art will recognize. That's a good way to connect with the film and understand the enormity of the pillage by Hitler and his cronies."
‑ Tim Cuprisin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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