Francofonia

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The tagline for Alexander Sokurov’s mesmerizing Francofonia—an elegy for Europe—is apt. Evoking a history of the Louvre Museum from the Renaissance to the present, Sokurov masterfully weaves a moving tableau of newsreels, voiceovers and staged re-enactments, as he meditates on the essential relationship between art, culture, and history. Key in this freeform historical narrative is 1940 and the Nazi invasion of Paris, and the resulting push-pull relationship between Jacques Jaujard, the steadfast director of the Louvre, and Count Franziskus Wolf- Metternich, the Nazi officer put in charge of the Louvre.

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