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Taking Sides

Taking Sides

A Feature film by Istvan Szabo

Produced by Paladin Production

Release in France : 30/04/2002

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Paladin Production

French distribution :

Mondo Films

Foreign production companies :

Studio Babelsberg, Maecenas

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Berlin, 1946. Germany licks its wounds and tries to come to terms with fascism. Under the aegis of the Allies, a vast denazification campaign is organized throughout the country with the aim of singling out and punishing the guilty, eradicating the roots of evil and restoring democratic values.
Major Steve Arnold of the American Army oversees the case of Wilhelm Furtwängler, one of Germany’s most prestigious conductors.
Furtwängler remained in Germany from 1933 to 1944 and is considered by the Americans to be a cultural emblem of the Nazi regime, a living example of the cowardly collusion of the German people. Arnold must make an example of the “Furtwängler Case”.
Boorish, cocky, proud of his pragmatism, the major backs away from nothing, no matter the pressures and threats. While his young aide Emmi and his liaison officer David Wills look on with some dismay, Arnold methodically breaks down the artist’s defenses, revealing the venal motivations – careerism, fear, jealousy – underlying his supposedly idealistic impulses.
What truth can arise from this confrontation of two opposite worlds that nothing can bring together? Is it the truth of the victor or of the vanquished, of the victims or the dead?

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Executive Producer :

Yves Pasquier

Screenwriter :

Ronald Harwood

Sound Recordist :

Brian Simmons

Editor :

Sylvie Landra

Costume designer :

Györgyi Szakacs

Author of original work :

Ronald Harwood

Director of Photography :

Lajos koltai

Press Attachés (film) :

Michèle Abitbol-Lasry, Séverine Lajarrige

Production Designer :

Ken Adam

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Feature film

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Psychological comedy

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Great Britain, Germany

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Minority French (Great Britain, Germany)

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1 h 45 min

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Dolby SRD

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