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Fate of Louvre under Nazi occupation comes to the silver screen

In his 2002 film Russian Ark, the director Alexander Sokurov recreated 300 years of Russian history in a single, 96-minute take at the Winter Palace of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Francofonia, his 2015 meditation on the history of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, reimagines the unlikely collaboration between the director of France’s national museums, Jacques Jaujard, and Count Franz Wolff-Metternich, the head of Germany’s cultural preservation programme during the Nazi occupation. The film is showing at selected London cinemas on 6 November.

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