Taking Sides

Drama/Classics, Austria/France 2002

Wilhelm Furtwängler, arguably the most distinguished conductor of his generation, is forced to face the American Denazification Committee. Although he is acquitted of all charges, his name remains tainted by association. After Hitler took power in 1933, many Jewish artists were forced to leave Germany. Others went voluntarily into exile in protest. Furtwängler chose to stay. While helping to secure safe haven for many Jewish musicians, at the same time he served as one of the Nazi`s foremost cultural assets. The question of the artist`'s political responsibility within a totalitarian regime remains open to this day – whether to stay and serve one`'s own people or to leave the homeland.
106 min
HD
Starting at 12
Audio language:
EnglishGerman
Subtitles:
English

Awards

International Film Festival de Mar del Plata Best Director Istvan Szabo
International Film Festival de Mar del Plata Best Actor Stellan Skarsgård

More information

Director:

István Szabó

Template:

Ronald Harwood (Stage Play "Taking Sides")

Sound Design:

Brian Simmons

Producer:

Yves Pasquier

Cast:

Moritz Bleibtreu (David Wills)

Ulrich Tukur (Helmut Rode)

Birgit Minichmayr (Emmi Straube)

Stellan Skarsgård (Wilhelm Furtwängler)

Hanns Zischler (Rudolf Werner)

Harvey Keitel (Steve Arnold)

Oleg Tabakov (Colonel Dymshitz)

Armin Rohde (Schlee)

Original title:

Taking Sides

Original language:

English

Format:

16:9 HD, Color with partial B/W

Ratings:

FBW "besonders wertvoll"

Age rating:

Starting at 12

Audio language:

EnglishGerman

Subtitles:

English

Subtitles (SDH):

English