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by István Szabó


The real-life story of Dr Wilhelm Furtwängler, Germany’s leading conductor and head of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the Second World War. In his civilian guise, Major Steve Arnold of the US Army is an insurance salesman. Following the fall of the Third Reich he is given the task of establishing links between Furtwängler and key figures in the Nazi regime, including Hitler himself. Major Arnold’s commanding officer wants 'proof' that the conductor collaborated with the Nazis.

international title: Taking Sides
original title: Taking Sides
country: Germany, France, Austria, United Kingdom
sales agent: Beyond Films
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: István Szabó
film run: 105'
release date: DE 07/03/2002, IT 22/03/2002, HU 04/04/2002, FR 30/04/2002, BE 10/07/2002, NO 01/11/2002, AT 14/02/2003, UK 21/11/2003
screenplay: Ronald Harwood
cast: Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ulrich Tukur, Oleg Tabakov, Hanns Zischler, Armin Rohde
cinematography by: Lajos Koltai
film editing: Sylvie Landra
art director: Ken Adam
costumes designer: Györgyi Szakács
music: Ulrich Trimborn
producer: Yves Pasquier
production: Little Big Bear Filmproduktion, Jeremy Isaacs Productions, TwanPix, Satel, France 2 Cinema, Canal+, MDM, Filmboard Berlin/Brandenburg, FFA, Eurimages
distributor: Alamode Film, Mikado (IT), Scandinavian Entertainment Group (NO), Intercom (HU), Buena Vista (AT), Guérilla Films (UK)
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