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George Clooney hopeful Europe will give panned movie fresh start

Published on Feb 9, 2014 6:36 AM
 
US actor George Clooney arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film The Monuments Men presented in the Berlinale Competition of the 64th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, on Feb 8, 2014. Clooney said on Saturday that he is hopeful European audiences will respond to his light-touch wartime drama The Monuments Men after it got a mauling from United States (US) critics. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Hollywood star George Clooney said on Saturday that he is hopeful European audiences will respond to his light-touch wartime drama The Monuments Men after it got a mauling from United States (US) critics.

Clooney presented the picture at the 64th Berlin film festival about a real-life corps of middle-aged art experts who go behind enemy lines to rescue precious works from the Nazis, one day after it opened in US cinemas.

He said the film had been in the works for three years so the "amazing find" in Munich that emerged in November of a hoard of hundreds of missing artworks believed looted by the Nazis had been pure coincidence.

Initial feedback has been savage, with film industry bible Variety flaying the picture as an "exceedingly dull and dreary caper pic" while the New York Times called Clooney's direction "stolid" and "pandering".

 
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