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An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel takes her two young sons to a village in the mountains. Then she learns that her husband and some of his friends have been arrested for plotting to assassinate Hitler. She travels to the prison where he is held, wondering if telling the commandant that she knows Winston Churchill will help her husband or seal his fate. This is said to be based on a true story. Written by
Dale O'Connor <email@example.com>
Unfortunately, there is no authorized version of this important docudrama available. The BBC has not seen fit to provide a high quality DVD to the general public.
I purchased both a DVD and a VHS version of the film from the Amazon sellers marketplace a few years ago. I realized later that they were both copied off the television (I assume). As of this writing (October 21, 2008), even these pirated versions seem to have disappeared.
I recommend that visitors contact the BBC and ask them to put this docudrama on DVD, if only for the 6-1/2 minute segment where Christabel meets an SS officer on a train. It is to my mind the most perfect marriage of cinematography, directing, script, and acting that has ever been produced. Andrew Wilde plays the SS officer, and he deserves an Oscar for his performance.
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