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Taking Sides

Taking Sides

A Feature film by Istvan Szabo

Produced by Paladin Production

Release in France : 30/04/2002


    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 :

    Paladin Production

    French distribution :

    Mondo Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Studio Babelsberg, Maecenas

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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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    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, Germany, France (100.0%)

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    Minority French (Great Britain, Germany, France)

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    1 h 45 min

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    Dolby SRD

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