The Rape of Europa (2007) 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… 2007-09-14 Unrated PT117M Documentary Actual Films
Movie Review

The Rape of Europa (2007)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
WAR CRIME The Rape of Europa details the Nazi theft and destruction of art
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WAR CRIME The Rape of Europa details the Nazi theft and destruction of art
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Sep 14, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 117 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Actual Films

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.

Originally posted Sep 12, 2007 Published in issue #955 Sep 21, 2007 Order article reprints