National Archives and Records Administration
Owen Gleiberman
September 12, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Rape of Europa

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
117 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/14/07
director
Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
distributor
Actual Films
genre
Documentary

We gave it an C

Adolf Hitler, that infamous failed painter, may have been nearly as devoted to art as he was to genocide. The Rape of Europa explores the Nazis’ destruction and looting of European culture, and it’s fascinating to hear of Hitler’s attempts to destroy ”degenerate” (i.e., modern) art, or of the bombing of a bridge in Florence designed by Michelangelo. Unfortunately, most of the two-hour documentary is devoted to annotating what the Nazis stole for both their state and personal collections. The movie doesn’t dramatize this crime — it catalogs it. With deadening monotony.

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