Here’s a World War II story we haven’t heard before: the Monuments Men were a group of art curators and historians tasked by FDR with preventing the destruction of cultural landmarks during the Allied invasion and later recovering works of art stolen by the Nazis.
Robert M. Edsel wrote a fascinating history book about their efforts and now George Clooney has written, directed and stars in a new movie based on that book. Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban round out the cast.
The first trailer for the movie just debuted online and the movie is due in theaters this Christmas. Clooney produced last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner Argo and this looks like the same kind of compelling, based-on-a-true-story take on a familiar subject.