Diplomacy (Diplomatie)

– The magnificent shots of Paris over the window of General Dietrich Von Cholitz’s room a few hours before the allies retake the city from the Nazis in 1944.
– The smooth voice of Swedish Consul-General Raoul Nordling, brilliantly portrayed by André Dussollier and the way he talks about the ecumenical nature of his beloved Paris.
– The story behind Von Cholitz’s hotel room. A hidden staircase that was used in the 17th century by Napoleon’s mistress, that was so jealous of him that even the mirror is double-sided! It is so Parisien that you just wish it is true!
– The extraordinary staging of the two rivals by the director Volker Schlöndorff: a man of words committed to a mission versus a sharp minded man of war obliged to orders. After all the film was first a stage play!
The proof that words can be far more engaging, passionate and emotional than any hollywood epic film when it comes down to the depiction of historical moments. 
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Zoo Palast 1 – Berlinale International Film Festival – Berlin – 12/02/2014

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