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Diplomatie (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 5 March 2014 (France)
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A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling.

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Cyril Gely (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Volker Schlöndorff (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Dussollier ... Raoul Nordling
Niels Arestrup ... General Dietrich von Choltitz
Burghart Klaußner ... Hauptmann Werner Ebernach
Robert Stadlober ... Lieutenant Bressensdorf
Charlie Nelson Charlie Nelson ... Le concierge
Jean-Marc Roulot Jean-Marc Roulot ... Jacques Lanvin
Stefan Wilkening Stefan Wilkening ... Caporal Mayer
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Lieutenant Hegger
Lucas Prisor ... Soldat SS #1
Attila Borlan Attila Borlan ... Officier SS #2
Marie Dompnier ... La dame maquillée
Claudine Acs Claudine Acs ... La femme de chambre
Dominique Engelhardt Dominique Engelhardt ... Garde Hans
Johannes Klaußner Johannes Klaußner ... Jeune soldat 18 ans
Charles Morillon Charles Morillon ... Garde du vestibule
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A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling.

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As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then "only as a field of rubble". See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

5 March 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Diplomacia See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,518, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$230,880, 25 January 2015
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Gaumont,Film Oblige,Gaumont See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Raoul Nordling: Generals often have the power to destroy, rarely to edify.
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Featured in Diplomatie: Making of (2015) See more »

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J'ai Deux Amours
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Georges Koger and Henri Varna
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
Album Carelss Love (P) Rounder Record
© Francis Salabert Ed. S.A.
Avec l'autorisation d'Universal Music Vision
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How Paris was saved from total destruction at the last minute
4 April 2015 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

It is amazing how few people seem to be aware of how near Paris came to total destruction just as the Nazis were pulling out in August, 1944. Hitler gave the order to the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, to raze Paris to the ground and kill as many of its 1.5 million inhabitants as possible, just as the American troops were approaching the city. Hitler threatened to kill von Choltitz's wife and children if he did not carry out the order. Von Choltitz had only been in place for two weeks, and his predecessor had just been executed and his family killed because he had displeased Hitler. So all the major monuments and all the bridges except for the Pont Neuf were mined and ready to be blown up. The whole of the Marais and the Bastille would have been flooded in water 30 feet deep. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, everything of note, was ready to be blown up. All the explosive charges were in place. But then the Swedish Consul, Raoul Nordling, intervened and managed to persuade von Choltitz at the last minute not to destroy the city. Why is this hair-raising story not better known? The story was made the subject of a play, DIPLOMATIE (DIPLOMACY), by Cyril Gely, and now this has been intensely and brilliantly turned into a film by the genius Volker Schlöndorff. He has chosen two fantastic actors to play the two leading characters. Niels Arestrup plays General von Choltitz with such iron conviction that you really do believe he is about to blow up Paris and nothing can stop him. And Nordling is played by André Dussollier, with equal effect. The two of them play psychological chess with one another and eventually Paris is saved, but only just. There is a lot of genuine archive footage of the Liberation included in the film. This is a magnificent bringing alive of a turning point in history. All young people should be made to see it.


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