Taking Sides | 2003

Drama, Adaptation
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 1930s ...more

Cast

... Major Steve Arnold

Actor

... Wilhelm Furtwangler

Actor

... Lieutenant David Wills

Actor

... Emmi Straube

Actor

... Oberst Dymshitz

Actor

... Helmut Rode

Actor

... Rudolf Werner

Actor

... Captain Ed Martin

Actor

... Captain Vernay

Actor

... Ensign Simons

Actor

... Schlee

Actor

... Colonel Green

Actor

Company

Canal Plus

Production Company

Production Company

Filmboard Berlin Brandenburg

Production Company

Production Company

Jeremy Isaacs Productions

Production Company

Synopsis

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 1930s, 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 is a demigod; however, to Major Arnold, he is just a lying, weak-willed Nazi.

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