Questions about plot of the film “The Monuments Men”:
- What was the aim of the Monuments Men? What was their motivation? Who/What inspired them?
- Who were they? What was their expertise?
- Which famous pieces of art and artists are named/shown in the film?
- In the film, we hear, “No piece of art is worth a man`s life”. Do you agree?
Also from the last scene:
– Will anybody after 30 years remember that somebody died for a piece of art?
- Can you give an alternative title to the movie in order to reveal the real meaning of these men`s actions?
- Would anybody do something similar nowadays risking their own lives to protect and retrieve works of art? Discuss.
- Imagine your country, its most famous archaeological sites, its most interesting museums and art galleries. What if all that, buildings, exhibits etc. was destroyed in war/natural disaster? How would you feel? How would cities, towns, the whole world map be different if something like that happened?
- Art and History. What’s their connection? Historic identity, cultural conscience and roots. How important are these notions?
History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books. Books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”
― Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
- Based on the extract above, to what degree can the subject of History be considered “scientific”? Which methods/tools could be used in search of objective and unbiased truth?
- Nowadays fake news or hoaxes are regarded as a serious problem that could be a threat to democracy itself. Can this unpleasant trend/phenomenon be faced/dealt with?