Taking Sides Movie Review 2001

Information and Film Reviews for Taking Sides the Movie

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Szabo again looks at Nazi-era Germany, this time in the story of famed conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, who stayed in Germany as conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic under the Nazis. The film concentrates on Furtwangler's (Skaarsgaard) pre-trial interrogation by American Denazification Committee officer Steve Arnold (Keitel), whose aides, both of German and Jewish decscent, have some sympathy for Furtwangler. Arnold is caustic and unrelenting in his mission to get to the bottom of the conductor's collaboration, while Furtwangler refuses to believe he has anything to apologize for, invoking his allegiance to his art, and his professed belief that he was making a difference. Both performances are magnificent and aid greatly in Szabo and Harwood's ability to let you know where they stand, yet be balanced in their portrayal of both views of the man.


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Available on DVD
Running time 105 minutes.
Originally from French, German, British, Austrian.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from a Play, Biopics: Musicians, True Stories, Berlin, World War II, Postwar, Military: Army
Ronald Harwood
Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birgit Minichmayr, Oleg Tabakov, Ulrich Tukur, Hanns Zischler, August Zirner, R. Lee Ermey, Robin Renucci
Lajos Koltai
Istvan Szabo
Brian Simmons, Ulrich Trimborn, Sylvie Landra, Anja Mueller, Gyorgyi Szakacs, Ken Adam
Yves Pasquier, Little Big Bear Film, Maecenas Film, Studio Babelsberg, Paladin Productions, New Yorker Films

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