Monuments Men film brings Hollywood royalty to Cambridge airbase

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The Cambridge institution, the Imperial War Museum Duxford, plays a starring role in new Hollywood hit film, The Monuments Men.

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Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and George Clooney on set at Duxford

The famous airbase of Duxford has seen its fair share of heroes throughout its history, but thanks to a new film set during WWII, it is now welcoming stars from Hollywood. Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Hugh Bonneville descended on the Cambridge airbase to film George Clooney’s latest film, The Monuments Men.

The critically-acclaimed cast filmed at Duxford over a nine-day period, during which time WWII aircraft and vehicles were brought in to set the scene along with over 300 extras.

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Jean Dujardin in The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men tells the story of an Allied group in WWII who were tasked with rescuing masterpieces of art that had been stolen by the Nazis. The film is based on the book of the same name by Robert M Edsel.

The Imperial War Museum Duxford is Britain’s largest aviation museum and is set within the renowned airfield, which was used during WWI and WWII. The museum is home to over 200 aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats.

The Monuments Men opens in the UK on Friday 14 February.

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