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      Francofonia

      Released Apr 1, 2016 1h 27m Documentary History Drama List
      87% Tomatometer 77 Reviews 47% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In 1940, museum director Jacques Jaujard (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) and German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich (Benjamin Utzerath) work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 11 Buy Now

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      Francofonia may test the patience of the uninitiated, but viewers willing to delve into a beautifully filmed look at the intersection of art and war will be richly rewarded.

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      Wendy Ide Observer (UK) There's an unlovely self-importance to Sokurov's droning diatribe that rather distracts from the cultural significance of the subject. Rated: 2/5 Nov 13, 2016 Full Review David Jenkins Little White Lies In praise of art, but also a reminder that we need to treasure what we have. Rated: 4/5 Nov 11, 2016 Full Review Geoffrey Macnab Independent (UK) This is graceful and provocative filmmaking. It works both as art history and as an account of wartime Paris under German occupation. Rated: 4/5 Nov 10, 2016 Full Review Carlota Mosegui Otroscines.com The filmmaker reveals the hypocritical mentality of the Nazis who safeguarded the Louvre while they bombed and destroyed hundreds of European cities. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Aug 16, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies Categorizing it is nearly impossible, but breaking it down is a rewarding challenge. I think the film could best be called Sokurov’s canvass, and on it he presents a collage of thought, reason, and reflection. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 20, 2022 Full Review Daniel Barnes Dare Daniel Francofonia is less of a swooning and immersive cinematic experience than a free-range, multi-media essay about the survival of art and culture in an inherently destructive world. Rated: 3/5 Feb 19, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Loved the shots of and inspired by the Louvre. Less engaged by the WWII scenes, though the true story itself was interesting. Left completely cold by the Marianne/Napoleon stuff, and the directorial voiceover us a pretentious irritant. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member 6.0/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2OB Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Unexpectedly delightful! A bit formulaic at moments, but a great feel good movie! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Reminiscing the Louvre. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A strange mix of avant garde documentary/docu-drama that seems to exist mostly because Sokurov got the same access to the Louvre that he got to the Hermitage for Russian Ark, but didn't actually have anything to say. If you haven't followed the relevant period of history closely, there's a couple of interesting facts that crop up towards the end that infuriatingly aren't followed up. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member 10/18/16 Netflix DVD Interesting concept that was a little hard to get into. Saw previews of this before another movie, The Innocents, and thought it would be worth checking out. The trailer was better than the movie. War, art, culture, politics all at play here. Maybe just too sophisticated art house fare for my taste or understanding. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In 1940, museum director Jacques Jaujard (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) and German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich (Benjamin Utzerath) work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis.
      Director
      Aleksandr Sokurov
      Screenwriter
      Aleksandr Sokurov
      Distributor
      Music Box Films
      Production Co
      Idéale Audience, Arte France
      Genre
      Documentary, History, Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 1, 2016, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 28, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $290.1K
      Runtime
      1h 27m
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