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Alexander Sokurov presents an art historical tour de force, considering the Musée du Louvre under occupation in World War II.


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Director Alexander Sokurov
Producers Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Thomas Kufus, Els Vandevorst, Jean Luc Martinez
Screenwriter Alexander Sokurov
With Louis Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath
France-Germany-Netherlands 2015
88 mins
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At a moment when Europe is taking a long hard look at itself, this art-historical tour-de-force from Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Faust) could not feel more relevant. While many films about life under occupation focus on resistance movements, we are in much more complex territory with this exploration of the occasionally ugly choices that were made in the name of great art. Francofonia considers how French society and their occupying Nazi forces viewed culture – and thus themselves – during the Second World War. Mixing re-enactment and archive footage, Sokurov builds his narrative around the Musée du Louvre, focusing on the relationship between Jacques Jaujard, Director of the French National Museums, and Count Wolff Metternich, who is sent from Germany to oversee France’s art collection. An insightful, poetic and pointed vision of how liberty, equality and fraternity operates under occupation.

Kate Taylor

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