Monumental Mistakes? Statues & Memorials Destroyed in Film




With the events in the US and UK surrounding the agitation for removal of monuments and statues to some dubious figures from the past, a look at movies where vainglorious and other works of art feature heavily…


“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”




SAMSON (2018) -- in this biblical adaptation, you know he’ll bring the house (or temple) down…

Samson Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Indie


RAPA NUI (1994) -- the Moai statues and the reason for the abandonment of Easter Island

Rapa Nui - Original Theatrical Trailer


AGORA (2009) -- Christians destroy the pagan temples in Late Roman Alexandria

Agora (2009) - Official Trailer


LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (1955) -- Pharaoh Jack Hawkins builds himself a magnificent tomb; his naughty Cypriot wife Joan Collins is bricked up in it.

Land OfThe Pharaohs Trailer


THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES (1961) Sergio Leone (the Dollars trilogy) directs this Sword ‘n Sandals epic

The Colossus Of Rhodes Trailer


Two movies where the protection of precious statues and works of art is the theme; THE TRAIN (1964) and THE MONUMENTS MEN (2014)

The Train 1964 Movie Trailer WWII 60 second promo

The Monuments Men Official UK Trailer (2014) - John Goodman, Bill Murray Movie HD


And two with a sentimental centre: GREYFRIARS BOBBY (2005) and Oscar Wilde’s THE HAPPY PRINCE (1974)


The Happy Prince By Oscar Wilde (Annimation)


An iconic national treasure/symbol is pilfered: STONE OF DESTINY (2006) and THE JOKERS (1967):

Stone Of Destiny - Trailer

The Jokers (1967) - the brothers get an idea


Of course, if it’s the wanton destruction of internationally known landmarks you’re interested in, there’s more than enough disaster movies to sate your appetite -- CLOVERFIELD, ARMAGEDDON, MARS ATTACKS!, THE CORE, 2012, INDEPENDENCE DAY, TEAM AMERICA, DEEP IMPACT, V FOR VENDETTA, GI JOE I  II, LONDON HAS FALLEN, SAN ANDREAS, REIGN OF FIRE, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, GEOSTORM ad infinitum…

Cloverfield (1/9) Movie CLIP - The Statue of Liberty's Head (2008) HD





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Arnell Esq

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