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Not Rated | | Drama, History | 11 November 2015 (France)
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A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

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Aleksandr Sokurov
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Jacques Jaujard
Benjamin Utzerath Benjamin Utzerath ... Franz Wolff-Metternich
Vincent Nemeth Vincent Nemeth ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Johanna Korthals Altes Johanna Korthals Altes ... Marianne
Andrey Chelpanov Andrey Chelpanov
Jean-Claude Caër Jean-Claude Caër
Aleksandr Sokurov ... (voice) (as Alexandre SOKOUROV)
Francois Smesny Francois Smesny ... (voice)
Peter Lontzek Peter Lontzek ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Limbert Catherine Limbert ... La secrétaire de Jacques Jaujard
Léolo Léolo ... Groom service
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A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

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An elegy for Europe. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Germany | Netherlands

Language:

Russian | French | German | English

Release Date:

11 November 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Louvre sous l'Occupation See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,083, 3 April 2016

Gross USA:

$307,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,008,154
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1.66 : 1
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During production, this film was often rumored to be shot in a single take, making it an ideal sequel to Aleksandr Sokurov's previous 'museum film', Russian Ark (2002). Eventually, a more traditional editing technique was chosen by Sokurov to tell the story. See more »

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Kindertotenlieder
Written by Gustav Mahler
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20 February 2017 | by treywillwestSee all my reviews

A spectacular and unique essay film. At once a philosophical rumination on the connection between art and power, a history of the Louvre- particularly during the Vichy regime, and a surprisingly powerful and human narrative of the French civil servant and German aristocrat and Nazi officer who collaborated to save the collection from plunder.

Unflinchingly, the film equates art with plunder. As any serious study of the Louvre must, by definition, be this is a tale of Napoleon, invasion and imperialism. The Emperor is himself a character in the film, haunting the halls of his museum and reminding the director/narrator that all of the paintings are of him, for none of it would be there without his power.

The point is also made that Paris was sparred the devastation of the war in no small part because the leading Nazis loved classical art and wanted the Louvre's collections for Germany and themselves. In a real sense, then, the film must uneasily acknowledge, the German regime was responsible for the preservation of much European cultural treasure. The Louvre, though to a degree the very phenomenon of the art museum, is made to seem like a place where humanism, the preservation of the human image, and sheer political force, come together.

Sukarov's imagery is characteristically spectacular. The amazing, painterly light that he most often brings to the human face he here brings to the urban face of Paris. This film includes some of the best uses of crane shots that I think I've ever seen.


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