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Diplomacy (Diplomatie)


Diplomacy (Diplomatie)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaußner

year: 2014

colour: yes

certificate: -12

director: Volker Schlöndorff

runtime: 88

On the evening of 24th and 25th August 1944, Paris’s fate lies in the hands of General von Choltitz, German military governor of Paris. In this Franco-German historical drama, directed by Volker Schlöndorff, we see von Choltitz (Arestrup) preparing to execute Adolph Hitler’s orders to blow up the French capital shortly before dawn. Bridges over the Seine and Paris’s key monuments are all rigged to explode. And yet, Paris is not destroyed. For what reasons did von Choltitz refuse to carry out the Führer’s commands, despite his boundless loyalty to the Third Reich?


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