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About the Movie
Set against the history and artworks of Paris’ famed Louvre Museum, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) embarks on a uniquely personal exploration of the profound cultural legacy of WWII's Nazi occupation of France. Using rare archives and beautifully staged recreations, Sokurov re-envisions two remarkable real-life figures: enemies-turned-collaborators Jacques Jaujard, Director of French National Museums, and Franziskus Wolff-Metternich, a German officer and art historian leading the Reich’s art collection efforts. The tentative alliance that formed between the two men would transcend nationalism and lead to the preservation of many of the world’s greatest treasures. Depicting the Louvre as a living, breathing paragon of civilization, FRANCOFONIA delivers a mesmerizing and urgent meditation on the essential relationship between art, history and culture.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 63
- Fresh: 54
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Francofonia" is a love letter to France and the Louvre, but it's also a harrowing reminder that not all cultures have been held in such high esteem.
Fresh: Wandering through the Louvre's colonial plunder, Sokurov ponders the lost worlds of Egypt and Assyria, but ultimately finds his way home.
Fresh: "Francofonia," a powerful cinematic essay on how art and war are irrevocably intertwined, has an ideal canvas and time peg for its philosophical musings: the Louvre Museum during the Nazi occupation of France.
Fresh: Sokurov's elegy for Europe - and for art - is eloquent, sorrowful, and challenging. And films like this suggest that such epitaphs may be premature.
- Genre: Foreign
- Released: 2016
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