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“The Monuments Men” Coming This December!   (clink the link to view the trailer for yourself!)

I’m so excited for this movie to come out and the trailer was released today! Based upon a book about a wonderful group of men (and the occasional woman!) during WWII who fought and worked to save art in the European theatre. In the movie, George Clooney directed and portrays George Stout, a conservator from the Harvard Fogg museum. Matt Damon plays a curator at and eventual director of the Met. Cate Blanchett plays Rose Valland, a woman who managed to keep most of the Louvre safe from the Nazis. The cast also includes John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, and more. Needless to say it’s a great cast! But back to George Clooney for a moment…

His character George Stout was a very influential conservator after the war. FAIC (the Foundation of AIC) has a scholarship for new conservators to attend professional meetings called the George Stout award. From their website: “The George Stout Memorial Fund offers awards to defray expenses (up to $1,000) of students (or those who graduated from a conservation program no longer than two years previously) who are members of AIC to attend professional meetings.” I’ll  definitely apply for one of these within the next four years. I’m just excited that such a big name and influential person is playing a conservator.

Going to the movies in December can’t come soon enough!