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Raoul Nordling (Character)
from Diplomacy (2014)

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Diplomacy -- As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre-Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.

In this passionate and emotional adaptation of the 2011 stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff (Academy Award winner THE TIN DRUM) has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to obey unquestioningly all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved 'City of Lights'.

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Consul Raoul Nordling / Generalkonsul Nordling / Generalkonsul Raoul Nordling


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  1. Diplomacy (2014) Played by André Dussollier
    ... aka "Diplomatie" - France (original title)

  2. Is Paris Burning? (1966) Played by Orson Welles (as Consul Raoul Nordling)
    ... aka "Paris brûle-t-il?" - France (original title)
  3. Paris muß brennen! - Die Rettung der französischen Hauptstadt durch den General von Choltitz (1965) (TV) Played by Ernst Konstantin (as Generalkonsul Raoul Nordling)

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From Diplomacy (2014)
Raoul Nordling: You'd rather not look reality in the eye?
Général von Choltitz: Whose reality, yours or mine?
Raoul Nordling: The reality that destroying Paris is absurd.
Général von Choltitz: Yours then.
Raoul Nordling: Not mine alone. The world is watching you. In the end, you, General Dietrich von Choltitz, will be held responsible. And for what? To delay the Allied attack on Germany for a few weeks? It makes no sense. I understand that you have orders and must obey them. But surely, at some point obedience ceases to be a duty. In your whole career, have you never had a doubt or even a hesitation over the legality of an order?
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