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Diplomacy2014

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As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then "only as a field of rubble." The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city's former glory. However, at dawn on August 25th, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gely, the great Volker Schlondorff has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to obey unquestioningly all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved "City of Light."

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This was beautifly acted and directed. It's clear that it was adapted from a play because almost every scene is intimately portrayed in one room. Whether or not it is historically accurate, it humanizes enemies and victors alike. Highly recommend.

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This was beautifly acted and directed. It's clear that it was adapted from a play because almost every scene is intimately portrayed in one room. Whether or not it is historically accurate, it humanizes enemies and victors alike. Highly recommend.

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wow it's great_i had no idea_war is so insane HItler sure was_so much destruction so much death_for what some asshole_altogether powerful

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This is a simply incredible film. INCREDIBLE. I've watched it several times in a few weeks and I have gone to the source material to gain more insight. It is mostly a true story and the characters have a strong factual basis... but it is not the reality that makes this work, it is the unbelievably rich performances. The depth of character revealed in 83 minutes is breathtaking. It is almost magical. If I have not sold you yet, I doubt I can sell you water in the desert. Watch this and share your thoughts with me. I can't imagine you will be any thing other than impressed.

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A fine adaptation of Cyril Gely's play, this riveting adaptation has a superb cast and direction by Volker Schlondorff.Actual footage from the day was blended seamlessly into the film lending a surrealistic vision of action.

Teetering balance of power between two strong characters, with tension sustained throughout.

wonderful film, no action, but incredible

dialogue. very impressed overall.

excellent!

if true, an important part of the WW II story

even if not, engaging drama well played

Outstanding in every way. This is the kind of old school German film I grew up watching in the 70's. Wonderful acting and compelling story telling. You can't do better then this!

Brilliant, suspenseful chamber drama. Think it came out last year though - notes say 2007.