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Taking sides

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Wilhelm Furtwängler (Stellan Skarsgård), arguably the most distinguished conductor of his generation, is forced to face the USA De-Nnazification Committee. Although he is acquitted of all charges, his name remains tainted by his association with the Nazis.

After Hitler took over power in 1933, many Jewish artists were forced to leave Germany. Others went voluntarily into exile in protest. Furtwängler chose to stay. While helping to secure safe haven for many Jewish musicians, at the same time he served as one of the Nazi's foremost cultural assets.

The question of the artist's political responsibility within a totalitarian regime remains open to this day - whether to stay and serve one's own people or to leave the homeland.

Persons of interest

  • Harvey Keitel .... Major Steve Arnold
  • Moritz Bleibtreu .... Lieutenant David Wills
  • Stellan Skarsgård .... Doctor Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Birgit Minichmayr .... Emmi Straube
  • Ulrich Tukur .... Helmut Rode
  • Oleg Tabakov .... Colonel Dymshitz
  • Hanns Zischler .... Rudolf Werner
  • Armin Rohde .... Schlee
  • R Lee Ermey .... General Wallace
  • August Zirner .... Captain Ed Martin
  • Daniel White .... Sergeant Adams
  • Thomas Thieme .... Reichsminister
  • Jed Curtis .... Colonel Green
  • Garrick Hagon .... Major Richards
  • Robin Renucci .... Captain Vernay
  • Ronald Harwood .... Screenwriter
  • István Szabó .... Director

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112 minutes (1:52 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2001
DVD rental: Undated May 2003

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