Dozens of people waited at the Bottom of mermaid Street on Thursday 7 June to catch a glimpse of American film idol, George Clooney who is prime mover in the new war film recently completed at local locations. ‘Monuments Men’ an American drama film co-written, produced and directed by Mr. Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Clooney, and Cate Blanchett is based on the book “The Monuments Men”. The local locations were at Camber Sands and The Strand Quay in Rye.
The story of Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in Histoty. is from the book by Robert M. Edsel. The film depicts Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, an Allied group, tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II.
‘Monuments Men’, to be co-produced by Columbia Pictures/2Oth Century Fox and Siebente Babelsberg, is scheduled to be released on December 18, this year and will certainly get a keen following in local cinemas.
Filming began in early March 2013 at the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Germany, and in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and the Harz. Many outdoor scenes were filmed in the City of Osterwieck. A cast of thousands was used for the WWII military scenes.
Flights and American war base footage were obtained at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Filming was completed in Rye Shortly after the 69th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, in fact it was on 6 June, the actual date of the landings at Normandie, that George and leading cast members Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin were at Camber doing scenes depicting that momentous day.
Rye’s Own July 2013
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