7.2/10
2,858
39 user 40 critic

Taking Sides (2001)

A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Colonel Redl (1985)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Hans Christian Blech, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Rokonok (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Young honest public official is sworn in after his predecessor had to leave due to a corruption scandal. Soon, the young idealist discovers just how far-reaching the corruption is in his town and how easy it is to become corrupt yourself.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Sándor Csányi, Ildikó Tóth, Károly Eperjes
Mephisto (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági
Sunshine (1999)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz
Hanussen (1988)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Erland Josephson, Ildikó Bánsági
Meeting Venus (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Glenn Close, Niels Arestrup, Kiri Te Kanawa
Being Julia (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Maury Chaykin
The Door I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A novelist forms a strange bond with her eccentric maid that will have a lasting effect on both women.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck, Károly Eperjes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story shows Emma's and Böbe's fight for survival, for keeping their position in society which they achieved with hard work in the previous regime. They don't want to lose their place and become village girls again.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Johanna ter Steege, Enikö Börcsök, Péter Andorai
Bizalom (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

During WW2 Hungarian resistance hides a married couple from the officials. The woman is sent to act as the wife of one of the resistance members who is also in hiding and pretending to be somebody else. They slowly begin to fall in love.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Ildikó Bánsági, Péter Andorai, Oszkárné Gombik
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Colonel Dymshitz
...
Rudolf Otto Werner, oboist
...
Schlee, timpanist
...
August Zirner ...
Captain Ed Martin
Daniel White ...
Sergeant Adams
Thomas Thieme ...
Reichsminister
...
Colonel Green
...
Major Richards
Robin Renucci ...
Captain Vernay
Edit

Storyline

A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 30s, Furtwangler's reputation rivaled that of Toscanini's. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies' de-Nazification programme. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order--and justice--to bear on an occupied Germany. An American major is given the Furtwangler file, and is told to find everything he can and to prosecute the man ruthlessly. Tough and hard-nosed, Major Steve Arnold sets out to investigate a world of which he knows nothing. Orchestra members vouch for Furtwangler's morality--he did what he could to protect Jewish players from his orchestra. To the Germans, deeply respectful of their musical heritage, Furtwangler was a demigod; to Major Arnold, he is just a lying, weak-willed Nazi. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

7 March 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A torto o a ragione  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,051 (USA) (5 September 2003)

Gross:

$188,952 (USA) (12 March 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Emmi is buying records from the vendor she asks in German the price of the records. The vendor replies five hundred. He should have said "fünf", five in German. Since she is German there is no reason for the English number. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Schatten und Licht - Ken Adam, Filmarchitekt (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

2ND MOVEMENT
(from STRING QUARTETS IN C MAJOR, D.956)
Music by Franz Schubert
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent and compelling adaptation of stage play
24 November 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is really an excellent film containing an Oscar-worthy performance from Stellan Skarsgard as the discredited German conductor Wilhem Furtwengler. Consistently thought-provoking and challenging, and beautifully shot, it's one of the most satisfying movie experiences I've had in a while. Makes Seabiscuit look like the limp, over-produced gunk it was.


16 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?