The cast joined Grant Heslov, who cowrote and produced the film with Clooney, and Robert Edsel, who wrote the book on which “Monuments Men” is based. Members of the State Department and Jewish leaders, including Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Sara Bloomfield, were also in attendance at the White House Family Theatre, where Obama has hosted dozens of high profile Hollywood screenings since taking office in 2009.
“Monuments Men,” which got off to a good start at the box office on Feb. 7 despite mixed reviews, follows the story of an Allied unit in the closing days of World War II tasked with finding and preserving plundered antiquities before Nazi forces could destroy them.
President Obama recently hosted Idris Elba at a White House screening of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and last year Steven Spielberg joined the president for a special screening of Oscar nominee “Lincoln.”
Critics have long been vocal about the frequency and selection of Obama’s special screenings, particularly during awards season.