The Monuments Men

 

George Clooney’s fifth directorial feature The Monuments Men,

based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel, tells the

story of a Second World War platoon consisting of seven museum

directors, curators and art historians, tasked with crossing enemy

lines into Germany in order to rescue artistic masterpieces from

Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. The all-star

cast includes Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett,

Jean Dujardin,Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman.

 

 

 

Costume designer Louise Frogley who already worked with Clooney for Good Night, and

Good Luck and The Ides of March, says that her challenge was of logistics and scope. “There

were so many big scenes involving uniformed and civilian people in different stages of

deterioration,” Frogley remembers. “There were large quantities of people involved and large

amounts of costume, and we had to do pre-fits while filming was still going on. Plus, we would be

shipping stuff ahead while we were filming. Plus, we had to clothe people in one location while we

were pre-fitting people in another.  We had to find watches for every main actor, multiples for

them.  We had to do glasses, coated and uncoated. And sunglasses, coated and uncoated. For

people with reading glasses, we had to do coated and uncoated, plus blank, coated and uncoated.

It went on and on and on. We were driven mad with all of these details, but we did it.”Frogley,

along with costume supervisor John C. Casey and military costume supervisor Joe

Hobbs, had the added task of outfitting actors who represented several different armies:

American, German, British, French and Belgian.  “And, of course, mid-way through the

war, the uniforms changed,” Frogley adds. To pull it off, Frogley explains, it turned into a true

international effort.  “The uniforms came from all over the place,” Frogley explains. “We had

stuff made in Poland. We had the fabric made in Pakistan.We bought stuff from dealers in

Holland. We had boots from Mexico.” The Monuments Men in theaters from February 13th.

 

 

 

 

Here the trailer:

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Matt Demon and George Clooney in The Monuments Men

 

 

 

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Matt Demon and Cate Blanchett in The Monuments Men

 

 

 

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Matt Demon and Cate Blanchett in The Monuments Men

 

 

 

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Matt Demon and George Clooney in The Monuments Men

 

 

 

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Cate Blanchett in The Monuments Men

 

 

 

 

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Cate Blanchett in The Monuments Men

 

 

 

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George Clooney in The Monuments Men 

 

 

 

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Matt Demon in The Monuments Men