A powerful new film inspired by a true story. This feature follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Both men are from Hungary--a country and German ally that had been spared the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler throughout much of Europe. As the war reaches its climax, Germany begins to doubt the loyalties of the Hungarian leadership-in particular Regent Horthy (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley). The Regent tries to navigate his country between the growing terror of Nazi Germany and the oppressive threat of communist Russia. He is ultimately faced with ceding power to another political party or accepting the execution of his son. As the crisis unfolds, thousands of his citizens are forced underground or put into ghettos. One of them is a young man named Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) who is separated from his family and determined to find them. Aided by the woman he loves (Hannah Tointon), Elek disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer ... Written by
Some of the actors worked with dialect coaches for German and Hungarian pronunciations. See more »
Adolf Eichmann is shown to be wearing a Waffen-SS officer tunic complete with combat medals including the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves which was an extremely high medal for valor. In reality, Eichmann was a security police colonel, typically wore a security uniform with bare collar tabs and green police pipping, and was never awarded a combat medal, much less the Knight's Cross. See more »
The war. It reveals one's true character. And when my homeland became a battleground, nothing could prepare me for what was to come.
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Flower Duet (from Lakmé)
Composed by Léo Delibes
Arranged by The Beat Suite Symphonic Orchestra
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Not having any connection with Hungary I never knew of its history during WW2, though I did know that thousands of Hungarian Jews and Roma were murdered by the Nazis. So this was very interesting to me from a historical perspective. This story is from a real-life hero, a Hungarian Jew whose courage -chutzpah - saved hundreds of his own people. There are many other heroes, the Catholic priests who forged baptismal certificates; the nuns whose convent sheltered Jewish children, the Swiss diplomats, and ordinary people willing to befriend their Jewish neighbors. Unfortunately, we also see the worst of human nature. I found it very compelling. Giving it a 10 because the film makers wove the politics of Hungary into the story, perhaps recognizing that unlike war movies about France or Italy, people needed to be told what was going on at the Government level in Hungary during the War. After the War it was closed to Western eyes and therefore not many stories of resistance came out of it. It could have been very confusing trying to figure out the moves by those in power, particularly the delicate balancing act of the Regent as he tried to protect Hungary and her people, all of them, from bloodshed.
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