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IMDB Rating : 7.1
IMDB Votes : 1,511
User Reviews : 15
Date Released : 5 March 2014
Run Time : 84 min
Movie Genre : Drama
Movie Director : Volker Schlöndorff
Movie Writer : Cyril Gely, Cyril Gely
Movie Stars : André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaußner, Robert Stadlober
Diplomatie A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling.
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An interesting play turned into an interesting movie
The French/German film Diplomatie (2014) was shown in the U.S. with the title Diplomacy. Volker Schlöndorff directed it. It was adapted for the screen from a play by Cyril Gely, the playwright.
The historical facts are known. When the German army was retreating from Paris, Adolf Hitler wanted Paris destroyed. Paris wasn't destroyed. This movie presents a hypothesis about how Paris was saved.
This is basically a two-person movie. The protagonists are the Swedish Consul, Raoul Nordling, played by André Dussollier, and the German Général von Choltitz, played by Niels Arestrup. The film is set in the Parisian hotel suite of General von Choltitz. (Schlöndorff gives us a few action scenes outside the hotel, but basically the film is about the dialog between the two men, and that takes place inside.)
The film is skillfully crafted. There's a real element of suspense, although, of course, we know that Paris wasn't destroyed. Even so, the movie show us how these two intelligent, stubborn, and determined men could come to a conclusion in a scenario that is hard to imagine, let alone believe.
I enjoyed the movie, although I found the last few minutes were confusing. I'd prefer to blame clumsy editing, rather than my own inability to understand the subtle situation. We saw this film at the Dryden Theatre in George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. That's the ideal venue to see any movie, including this one. However, this film will work well on DVD.