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Francofonia

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In 1940, museum director Jacques Jaujard and German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis. The film is a dense, enriching meditation on the Louvre, Paris and the role of art as an intrinsic part of the spirit of civilization.
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March 17, 2017

Highly recommended for people close to art cinema, avid consumers of World War II stories and above all, for those who enjoy art in general. [Full review in Spanish]
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May 06, 2016

Francofonia is a brilliant meditation on art, on war - and what happens to art when nations go to war.
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May 05, 2016

As Sokurov examines a pivotal point in the Louvre's history and gives us a virtual tour of the magnificent museum, he makes larger points about the vital importance of art throughout human history. This is one of the most beautiful films of the year.
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June 17, 2016

"Francofonia" is terribly over-directed and seems strange just for the sake of being strange.
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May 05, 2016

Near the one-hour mark, the filmmaker asks, "You aren't tired of listening to me yet?" If you aren't, you will be soon.
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November 13, 2016

There's an unlovely self-importance to Sokurov's droning diatribe that rather distracts from the cultural significance of the subject.
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November 11, 2016

The Russian director Alexander Sokurov has never been afraid of tackling weighty, often philosophical issues head on, and his latest film Francofonia is as pioneering - and, some might say, unnecessarily uncompromising - as ever.
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December 05, 2016

An exhilarating intellectual exercise that packs a ludicrous amount of philosophy into 88 dense minutes.
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January 01, 2017

Using documentary footage and bits and pieces of semi-realist dramatics, [Sokurov] tells of the strange friendship between the Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and the Nazi officer sent to oversee the treasures and possibly relieve France of them.
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November 11, 2016

In praise of art, but also a reminder that we need to treasure what we have.
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May 23, 2016

This is disjointed and dreary, its power diluted by Sokurov's constant, self-important narration.
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April 28, 2016

"Francofonia," a powerful cinematic essay on how art and war are irrevocably intertwined, has an ideal canvas and time peg for its philosophical musings: the Louvre Museum during the Nazi occupation of France.
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