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Christabel (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  16 November 1988 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Christabel Bielenberg
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Peter Bielenberg
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Mr. Burton
Ann Bell ...
Mrs. Burton
Nigel Le Vaillant ...
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Lexi
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Bausch
Pat Heywood ...
Frau Muckle
Hugh Simon ...
Botho
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Karl Langbehn
David Lyon ...
Kreuze
John Burgess ...
Neisse
Renny Lister ...
Aunt Ulla
Nicola Wright ...
Clarita
John Boswall ...
Alois
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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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Astonishing..
26 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a 1988 BBC TV Movie, and a rendition of 1930's Germany, the like of which I have never seen before.

Although brilliantly written by Dennis Potter our own late mother, (although not involved in The German resistance or with the Holocaust), could have written this and better based on her own incredible day to day wartime experiences.

The setting is simply outstanding. The attention to detail such as the trains, trams and even household items such as the coffee grinder are amazing.

There are several actual very similar parallels with events experienced by Mum, and even some identical dialogue in this movie.

Given our family connection to this era, I found myself spellbound and deeply moved by it tonight.

Never thought I could ever equate my Mum with Liz Hurley though LOL!


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