Based on a lesser-known, true story about World War II, this film exquisitely portrays a quest for the rescue and preservation of much of Europe's art. At Adolf Hitler's command, the Nazi army looted defeated European countries, stealing both their public and private art collections as spoils of war, then hid them in various towns, with the intent of ultimately sending them to Germany. As the war was winding down, and Hitler could clearly see Germany's impending defeat, he gave the military order for all the works of art to be burned or destroyed by German troops as they retreated back to their home country. While it is not the main focus, the film does not shy away from the appalling truths about Germany's hatred for and genocide of Jewish people (or everyone who was sent to their deaths at Concentration Camps). And these truths are revealed in different ways as the stolen art is finally found. This wonderfully detailed and beautifully acted story has a little bit of everything in it. It is a story with distinctly memorable scenes of danger, courage, daring, humor, tenderness, commitment, comradery and sacrifice for a larger ideal -- a preservation of the world's cultural heritage which serves as an antithesis to the human savagery of war and unbridled greed. This film has many surprises along the way and will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings as you cheer on the Monuments Men's crusade.