The Rape of Europa
The Rape of Europa (2007)

"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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Denver Post

That Hitler was mad is well known. That he was mad about art, not so well.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

[C]ompels attention and sustains interest as an examination of Adolf Hitler's obsession with claiming Europe's art masterworks for the "master race."

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this.

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Louis Proyect

Outstanding documentary on the theft and destruction of European masterpieces up to and during WWII.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

There is a heart-rending feeling to this documentary, in part due to its sense of irretrievable loss.

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Kam Williams

A fascinating history lesson about a generally-overshadowed aspect of the Second World War.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Very informative documentary about the theft of art by Nazis and the real Monuments Men. (And it will fill in some of the information gaps in Clooney's… More
Walter M.
"The Rape of Europa" is a chillingly effective documentary that details the Nazi looting of art treasures across Europe during World War II. The film… More
Steve K
Fascinating look at the Nazi's treatment of art during the WW2 period.
John Ballantine
A great documentary on the history of artwork and where it travelled throughout Europe during the war thanks in no small part to the maniacal viewpoint of one… More
Stella Dallas
stunning. the story of how the nazis smashed and looted the art treasures of europe and the struggle to find and restore them.
A recent documentary about the pillaging of art by the Nazis during World War II. This was shortlisted for Best Documentary last year, and I think it was… More