This epic film, based on the book by Lynn H. Nicholas, is the story of the Nazi march on Europe, told not through field battles, but in battles for art. Hitler compiled a hit list of wanted artworks before invasions, from Leonardo in Poland to Rembrandts, Raphaels, and Vermeers in France, Russia, and Italy. An army of people who wanted to keep art out of criminal hands fought on the other side, including museum staffers (some died in the freezing cellar of the Hermitage); the little-known American "Monuments Men"; and mousy little Rose Valland, the French spy. (SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St, 324-9996. 7:30 pm, $8–$10, Feb 8–14.)

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