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The Rape of Europa,
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This review is from: The Rape of Europa (DVD)Quite simply, this is the best documentary I have seen in the past thirty years.
As an instructor in 20th Century World History I have viewed hundreds of films relating to the Second World War. This is the primary area I focus upon with my students.
The Rape of Europa is exceptionable film making and is unlike any other documentary both in its outstanding storyline and engaging cinematic presentation.
Well over ninety-percent of the photographic imagery and historical background content was absolutely new to me.
This is a film everyone should view and own in DVD format for their personal or family collection.
I urge every educator to purchase a copy for their classroom, every librarian for their institutional patrons.
My Highest Recommendation *****
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2013 2:24:26 PM PST
Harvey M. Canter says:
I have not seen this yet, but will order it. I recommend to you an amazing documentary that I have seen, though, called "Architecture of Doom". This examines the underlying Aesthetic doctrine of the Nazi philosophy and how it ultimately drove the forms taken by their political and social processes. It touches most definitely on the art issues, but not simply on how they attempted to seize great art--it goes much, much deeper than that. I felt about Architecture of Doom the way you feel about this film.
In terms of traditional film, try to see "The Train" with Burt Lancaster if you have never seen that. It deals with a Nazi colonel (Paul Scofield) trying to abscond from Paris with the great works of art all loaded onto a special train. This is near the end of the war and it is a desperate grab. Some grimy French railroad workers, who are far from art lovers per se, attempt to sabotage the Nazi's efforts based on national pride and some well-deserved spiteful vengeance. It is really a tense, taut thriller, and at every moment you are convinced nothing greater could be at stake for both sides.
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