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So we called the studio and two days later, we were OK’d to go write a screenplay’.
The film is based on a book by American author Robert Edsel.
I thought it was interesting to talk about things like building walls and scapegoating minorities.” He said, “I wanted it to be entertaining, wanted it to be fun…
and if along the way if people want to talk about it great, that’s what you hope for.” Looking to remind people that the country has been through bad times before, “It is such an angry time in the country… but also that these things are fixable and we will fix them again.” He said he is always “optimistic.” “Suburbicon” opens in theaters Oct.
When it was announced last November that more than 1,400 paintings, including works by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall and missing since they were stolen by the Nazis in 1939, had been discovered, the news was welcome publicity for The Monuments Men, a new film about the scale of Hitler’s looting.‘It just goes to prove that art theft is the unfinished business of World War II’, says George Clooney, who not only stars in the film, but directs it.
‘The Nazis confiscated paintings and sculptures from their own museums, their own people and the Jews, and they continued their looting as they stormed across Europe.
‘Essentially, these were a bunch of middle-aged guys that were really well-educated, well-travelled, most with families, many with young kids who had life made by any definition,’ says Edsel‘Yet they walked away from it all to put on a military uniform and to go into harm’s way to rescue these works of art.
George and his wife Amal welcomed their twins Ella and Alexander in June.
They became known as the Monuments Men.‘It was the biggest and most dangerous treasure hunt in history’, says Clooney. The Allied forces were stretched to the limit, and couldn’t help them because their priority was to win the war.
All they had were their helmets and their uniforms.
‘And the thing is, when you look at World War II movies, the reason they run out of steam now is because you know all the stories.
But the reason they worked so well for so long is you’ve got the greatest bad guy in the history of films and they got good uniforms to put on. And we thought, “Okay, well this is a story that people don’t know...” I didn’t know.