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MacNider to show film – Rape of Europa

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues this Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. with The Rape of Europa. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided.

The Rape of Europa is a feature documentary film that takes the audience on an epic journey through seven countries and into the violent whirlwind of ideological fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. Fighting back, heroic young museum officials and art historians from American and across Europe mounted a miraculous campaign to rescue and return the millions of art works displaced by the war. Today, more than sixty years later, the legacy of this tragic history continues to play out as families of looted collectors recover major works of art, conservators repair battle damage, and nations fight over the fate of ill-gotten spoils of war. Joan Allen narrates this breathtaking chronicle about the battle over the very survival of centuries of western culture.

The Rape of Europa is a 2007 documentary feature that is not rated (mild content) and is 117 minutes long. Terry MacGregor sponsored this film.

For more information about the Film Series or the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, please visit www.macniderart.org/films.html

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