George Clooney’s Film Criticized By Family Of Real Life Monuments Man

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January 21, 2014 | 7:26am EST

George Clooney’s new historical film The Monuments Men has come under fire from the family of a real life war hero whose story was left out of the movie.
The Hollywood actor/director has based the film on the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) unit which helped save precious works of art from theft or destruction during the Second World War.
However, relatives of one of the real life Monuments Men, British art expert Ronald Balfour who was killed in the line of duty, have now criticized Clooney and his crew for failing to include his story in the film.
The only British character in the movie, played by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, is an entirely fictional creation.
Polly Hutchison, Balfour’s niece, tells Britain’s The Times, “The achievements of the monument men and women were magnificent and we owe them all a great debt, but it saddens us as a family that what could have been a great opportunity to remember our uncle’s bravery has been sadly missed… He certainly was a brave man… He wasn’t saving art for one side, he died saving it for mankind… as a family we are very proud of him.”

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