Tony Servillo acts as your referee. San Diego Jewish Film Festival: Hitler Versus Picasso and the Others
Italian actor Toni Servillo (Il Divo), book in hand, stands reading aloud in a dimly-lit library. Like a modern day Robert Stack preparing to walk audiences through an unsolved mystery, Servillo acquaints viewers with Hitler’s dream of building a picture gallery in his birthplace, the walls of which would be lined with the loot of the world. Hitler’s wish became the command of an elite corps of curators, historians, and even artists, all looking to pilfer a few masterworks as commission. A retread of well-covered ground that began in 2006 with the definitive statement on the subject, The Rape of Europa. followed a year later by another powerful doc, Stealing Klimt. Those who’ve seen The Woman in Gold or George Clooney’s barely released Monuments Men know that Hollywood failed to do right by the subject. For those unfamiliar with any of the above-mentioned, I suggest you see this when it plays MoPA on Feb. 10 at 7:00 pm or at Town Square on the 13th at 3:30 pm.