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    Taking Sides

    Poster of the movie Taking Sides
    Year2002
    Original lang.English / Russian / French
    CountriesFrance, United Kingdom, Germany
    Run time1h48m
    GenreMusical war drama
    Directed byIstván Szabó
    Written byRonald Harwood
    CompanyChristal FilmsChristal FilmsChristal Films
    2 reviews4.5
    G

    Synopsis

    A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 30s, Furtwangler's reputation rivaled that of Toscanini's. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies' de-Nazification programme. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order--and justice--to bear on an occupied Germany. An American major is given the Furtwangler file, and is told to find everything he can and to prosecute the man ruthlessly. Tough and hard-nosed, Major Steve Arnold sets out to investigate a world of which he knows nothing. Orchestra members vouch for Furtwangler's morality--he did what he could to protect Jewish players from his orchestra. To the Germans, deeply respectful of their musical heritage, Furtwangler was a demigod; to Major Arnold, he is just a lying, weak-willed Nazi.

    Starring

    Harvey Keitel
    Stellan Skarsgard
    Moritz Bleibtreu
    Ulrich Tukur
    R. Lee Ermey
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