John Halder, a German literature professor in the 1930s, is initially reluctant to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party. He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, mother, mistress and Jewish friend.
John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices... with eventually devastating effect.Written by
Adolf Hitler fought in the First World War in the 16th Reserve Regiment of the Bavarian Army. The regiment was later renamed the List Regiment in honour of its late CO. He was promoted to Gefreiter (Lance Corporal) and was a regimental message-runner. These facts support Maurice's amusing fantasy of having given Hitler an order during the war (and being saluted in return). See more »
In the scene, when Halder takes a walk with his ex-wife in the cemetery, which is supposed to be in Berlin, Germany, Hungarian names are clearly visible on the gravestones. See more »
[Anne coughs from another room]
It's... it's another one of my students.
Soaking wet, poor thing. Can't very well go home on a night like this.
I've made up a bed.
Will he be warm enough?
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