The Monuments Men (2014)
Film results in Congressional Gold Medal award
The 2004 Columbia Pictures "The Monuments Men" is about a group of museum curators, artists,
and art experts who are assembled during World War II to go to Europe to recover art objects
stolen by the Nazis and return them to their owners.
with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Some parts of the film are deadly serious but much of the film is a service comedy about middle-aged
men in the service.
in Europe by the various armies, some accidently and some intentionally.
Nazi general Hermann Göring is stealing art for himself and other Nazis are stealing for Adolf Hitler's
planned Führer Museum.
recover as much of these objects as they can.
to become soldiers. Most are Americans but some are from England and France.
1. Hermann Göring visits the museum
The film begins with top Nazi Hermann Göring visiting the Paris Jeu de Paume Museum
to select the latest batch of paintings for his collection.
in France. Claire Simone is a French woman who works there and she has been secretly writing down
descriptions of the items being taken.
on the destruction of artistic and cultural items and asks that efforts be made to preserve them.
2. Frank Stokes gives his presentation
Stokes is given an Army commission to assemble the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives group.
Richard Campbell (Bill Murray) sees two men in uniform and know he is about to be drafted.
4. Walter gets drafted
More men are added and they head for some comical army basic training.
5. Adolf looks over his city
Adolf Hitler is looking over a planned model of his Führer Museum.
6. The Monuments Men arrive in France
The active military commanders think that saving art is silly and refuse to assist the men.
They are resourceful and obtain jeeps and military equipment.
other well-known artists.
7. The men look at a map
One of Frank's men heads for Bruges and finds a Michaelangelo statue.
The Nazis arrive to remove the statue and kill the man.
She refuses as she believes that the Americans want to steal the art for themselves, however
she does show him around Paris. and takes him to a warehouse filled with household items.
8. Claire shows James the warehouse
Claire tells James that the Nazis stole just about anything they could get their hands on.
9. Russians are looking
Russian "trophy brigades" are moving through Germany taking art items.
Afterwards the three visit the dentist's friend and his family.
10. Richard and Preston meet the family
The friend is is Stahl of the Jeu de Paume but looking less dangerous in civilan clothes.
They aren't and the Americans drive off with Stahl, who is later arrested.
She gives him a list of items which she saw being shipped to Germany and tells him that
they went to mines for storage.
11. The men find some paintings in a mine
Richard explores further and finds something else.
12. Not art but will impress generals more
They find a huge cache of gold bars and bags. Although not shown in the film, the bags contained
gold coins from all over Europe and from the United States.
13. The generals hold a news conference
Although not stated, the generals included George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower.
14. Neuschwanstein castle
Neuschwanstein castle was built in the 1880's by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
It is sometimes called the "fairy tale castle" and is the model for the "Sleeping Beauty" castle at Disneyland.
the "Ghent Altarpiece".
15. Ghent Altarpiece painting
Frank has been searching for a stolen Michaelangelo statue called the "Madonna of Bruges".
He feels that he has to find and recover it as his man was killed trying to protect it.
16. Frank discovers something
It is the statue.
17. Michelangelo Madonna of Bruges
The Russians are coming and the Americans hurriedly remove everything including the statue.
They leave something for the Russians.
18. Russian officer is disappointed
The war is over and Frank is back in Washington DC to give a presentation to the new President Truman.
19. Frank gives another presentation
The projected picture shows the real General Eisenhower with some paintings.
20. An older Frank shows his grandson the Michaelangelo statue
He says "yes".
George Clooney as Frank Stokes
Matt Damon as James Granger
Bill Murray as Richard Campbell
John Goodman as Walter Garfield
Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone
Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
The Congressional Gold Medal:
The Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress since 1776.
It has been given to individuals including generals, politicians, aviators, and film stars.
It has also been given to groups, including various World War II units.
interviews with surviving Monuments Men.
a few months after the film was released.
21. US World War II Monuments Men Medal
Bronze, 38mm, 25.84gm
Men holding painting
Excerpts from old paintings
IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO PASS ON TO THE COMING CENTURIES TREASURES OF PAST AGES
GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
ACT OF CONGRESS 2014