Taking Sides (2001)

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.

Directing:
  • István Szabó

Writing:
  • Ronald Harwood

Stars:
Release Date: 2001-01-01
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  • Country: AT, DE, FR, GB
  • Language: Deutsch | Français | English | Pусский
  • Runtime: 108
  • Budget: $20,000,000
Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skars...
Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler
R. Lee Ermey
R. Lee Ermey
General Wallace
Ulrich Tukur
Ulrich Tukur
Helmut Alfred Rode, 2nd violinist
Hanns Zischler
Hanns Zischle...
Rudolf Otto Werner, oboist
Oleg Tabakov
Oleg Tabakov
Colonel Dymshitz
August Zirner
August Zirner
Captain Ed Martin
Armin Rohde
Armin Rohde
Schlee, timpanist
Moritz Bleibtreu
Moritz Bleibt...
Lt. David Wills
Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel
Major Steve Arnold
Birgit Minichmayr
Birgit Minich...
Emmi Straube
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