The Rape of Europa

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: December 17, 2007 (limited)
DVD: April 12, 2011

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Cast: Joan Allen


The epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War.

In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 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 extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures.

The film begins and ends with the story of artist Gustav Klimt's famed Gold Portrait, stolen from Viennese Jews in 1938 and now the most expensive painting ever sold.

Today, more than 60 years later, the legacy of this tragic history continues to play out as families of looted collectors recover major works of art, conservators repair battle damage, and nations fight over the fate of ill-gotten spoils of war.

Director: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
Studio: Menemsha Films
Producer(s): Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
Screenplay: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
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