16 September, 2013

A Georges Clooney's movie takes inspiration from a book written by the Maine-et-Loire senator Corinne Bouchoux

An American film starring Georges Clooney, planned to be screened in February 2014 and entitled "The monuments men", took a part of its sources in Maine-et-Loire, precisely in a book published in 2006 by Corinne Bouchoux, elected in 2011 senator of that department. Mrs Bouchoux, who got a doctorate in history in Angers university, wrote a biography of 100 pages about Rose Valland (1898-1980) who was attaché at the Jeu de Paume museum (Paris). In that place, where passed through numerous works of art stolen by the German army during the second world war, Rose Valland began secretly to record more than 20 000 pieces brought to that museum.

The copyrights of Mrs Bouchoux have been bought by a Texan
bilionnaire, Robert Edsel, who did the same with other books and wrote "The Monuments men : allied heroes, nazi thieves and the greatest treasure hunt in history", later introduced to Georges Clooney. Upon that story, that one decided to make a movie in which he will be one of the actors, by Cate Blanchet, Matt Damon and Jean Dujardin' sides. The fate of works of arts stolen in French museums, but also to French Jewish families, had already been filmed by the American director, John Frankenheimer ("The train"), in 1964.

It is said in the daily Ouest-France that Mrs Bouchoux "dreams" of Georges Clooney's presence in Angers for the first of the movie. For getting his coming, the ecologist senator would have to tug at the heartstring of the actor. That one, democrat, is involved in many humanitarian causes and has supported the right to marriage for same sex persons, something Mrs Bouchoux had also defended.

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