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Francofonia (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 11 November 2015 (France)
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A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

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Aleksandr Sokurov
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Jacques Jaujard
Benjamin Utzerath Benjamin Utzerath ... Franz Wolff-Metternich
Vincent Nemeth Vincent Nemeth ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Johanna Korthals Altes Johanna Korthals Altes ... Marianne
Andrey Chelpanov Andrey Chelpanov
Jean-Claude Caër Jean-Claude Caër
Aleksandr Sokurov ... (voice) (as Alexandre SOKOUROV)
Francois Smesny Francois Smesny ... (voice)
Peter Lontzek Peter Lontzek ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Limbert Catherine Limbert ... La secrétaire de Jacques Jaujard
Léolo Léolo ... Groom service
Stephanie Slama
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A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

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From master filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov, director of RUSSIAN ARK, comes the powerful story of how precious artworks from the Louvre were saved during WW2-occupied Paris. See more »

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Drama | History

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During production, this film was often rumored to be shot in a single take, making it an ideal sequel to Aleksandr Sokurov's previous 'museum film', Russian Ark (2002). Eventually, a more traditional editing technique was chosen by Sokurov to tell the story. See more »

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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Maxim Trankov/Tatiana Volosozhar (2015) See more »

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Kindertotenlieder
Written by Gustav Mahler
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an inventive genre-buster but also a bemusing underachiever
9 February 2017 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

Revered Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's paean to the Louvre Museum and mankind's art treasure is an inventive genre-buster but also a bemusing underachiever. Reconstructing the scenarios of Louvre under Nazi occupation during WWII, Sokurov blots out the distinctions between documentary and fiction filmmaking: archival documents and vintage photos, recurring shots of an anonymous apartment at present where video footage of a struggling cargo ship amid the choppy ocean is playing on the computer, interlaced into a lax narrative re-enacting the story between Jacques Jaujard (de Lencquesaing), the director of the French National Museums and a Nazi officer, Count Franz Wolff-Metternich (Utzerath), predominantly, their so-called Kunstschutz (art protection) movement during WWII, which has spawned a feeble Hollywood dramatization, George Clooney's star-studded THE MONUMENTS MEN (2014).

Yet, the film's overall effort fails to pass muster as a competent infotainment which dissects the cardinal situation where arts and warfare corralled together, Sokurov's platitudinous commentaries breathe with a wisp of solipsistic sentiment, although perambulating inside the Louvre is inherently enchanting, and Sokurov's slick camera-work guides viewer to the ensconced masterpieces with his trademark aplomb and dexterity, not to mention the awesome temporal morphing panorama feat. Personally, the segment where the camera slithers around a mummy exhibit is quaintly numinous. But our tour is often interrupted by a resurrected Napoléon Bonaparte (Nemeth), repugnant and irksome in his boosted egoism, and Marianne (Korthals Altes) repetitively uttering the incantation of "liberty, equality and fraternity", when you have the entire Louvre at your feet, but we are only allowed to glance at such a limited purview, rank dissatisfaction inevitably materializes. Stripped off the "single take" stunt with which he has stunned the world in Russian ARK (2002), this belated pendant work haplessly betrays that Sokurov's ambition and talent has ebbed away significantly, especially when his disaffected grouse can be overtly detected through counterpointing the disparate circumstances between France and his fatherland, a close-minded overtone of editorializing writ large woefully.


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France | Germany | Netherlands

Language:

Russian | French | German | English

Release Date:

11 November 2015 (France) See more »

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Le Louvre sous l'Occupation See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,083, 3 April 2016

Gross USA:

$307,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,008,154
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