Date: 08 Oct 2014
Cat: Biographical, Drama, Historical, Musical

Taking Sides

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Harvey Keitel
Stellan Skarsgard


Yves Pasquier


Ronald Harwood


Istvan Szabo


Drama / Music / War


Guerilla Films


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 30’s, 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.


2003 – Hungarian Film Critics Awards
Won: Special Award (Istv?n Szab?)

2002 – Flaiano Film Festival
Won: Best Director (Istv?n Szab?)
Won: Best Screenplay (Ronald Harwood)

2002 – Mar del Plata Film Festival
Won: ADF Cinematography Award (Lajos Koltai)
Won:?Best Actor (Stellan Skarsg?rd)
Won:?Best Director (Istv?n Szab?)
Won:?Kodak Award (Lajos Koltai)
Won:?Signis Award (Istv?n Szab?)

2002 Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films
Won:?Jury Prize (Istv?n Szab?)

2001?European Film Awards?
Nominated: European Film Award – Best Actor (Stellan Skarsg?rd)