Taking Sides


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Cast:

Harvey Keitel
Stellan Skarsgard

Producer:

Yves Pasquier

Writer:

Ronald Harwood

Director:

Istvan Szabo

Genre:

Drama / Music / War

Websites:

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Guerilla Films

Synopsis:

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.

Awards:

2003 – Hungarian Film Critics Awards
Won: Special Award (István Szabó)

2002 – Flaiano Film Festival
Won: Best Director (István Szabó)
Won: Best Screenplay (Ronald Harwood)

2002 – Mar del Plata Film Festival
Won: ADF Cinematography Award (Lajos Koltai)
Won: Best Actor (Stellan Skarsgård)
Won: Best Director (István Szabó)
Won: Kodak Award (Lajos Koltai)
Won: Signis Award (István Szabó)

2002 Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films
Won: Jury Prize (István Szabó)

2001 European Film Awards 
Nominated: European Film Award – Best Actor (Stellan Skarsgård)

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