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Diplomacy (2014)

Diplomatie (original title)
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 »
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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 ... 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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August, 1944. One night to save the monuments of Paris from destruction. See more »

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Drama | War

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Général von Choltitz: I respect my combatants, but they are Bolshevik criminals, and I will crush every last one of them.
Raoul Nordling: Kill one and you create two more.
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Featured in Diplomatie: Making of (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

La 7ème symphonie
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Berlin 1943 © Société Wilhelm Furtwängler
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker (uncredited)
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17 December 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

There's an old joke - how many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris? Answer: No one knows. It's never happened.

That actually comes up in this film, "Diplomatie," from 2014, based on a play. It's basically a two-person movie about the conversation Swedish consulate Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) has with Général von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup).

Germany has basically lost the war; the Allies are en route to Germany, and Hitler has decided to make Paris scorched earth, killing millions and razing the city to rubble. There was no strategic reason to do this. He was just feeling especially spiteful that day and figuring, why leave the Allies with this jewel.

Nordling, a Paris resident, comes to ask von Choltitz to spare Paris. von Choltitz has never defied an order, no matter how he felt about it, and he is very dismissive of Nordling. He points out that there's practically nothing left of Hamburg - did those civilians not matter?

He tells Nordling that the Parisians gave the Nazis Paris "with their legs open - like whores. We can do what we want with it." They go back and forth on this, and von Choltitz later admits that Hitler has gone off the rails. But there's nothing he can do - his family will pay the price if he doesn't do as he's told.

This is an excellent film with superb acting by both men. The most chilling scene takes place in the beginning, when von Choltitz and soldiers go over the plan to destroy Paris. It's absolutely shocking. They go through every landmark, every famous street, discussing how it will be taken down, how the city will be flooded when they break through the river barriers. It's awful.

I knew right away that Neils Arestup was not German - I could understand every word he said. When real Germans speak, I can't. He does a masterful job, so aggressive and cold in the beginning, and then gradually weakening. André Dussollier, with his quiet performance, is excellent in his persuasiveness.

I believe the mayor of Paris and Nordling both visited von Choltitz.

Well, we all know what happened. Here in the U.S., I think sometimes World War II has been glamorized a bit as it was not fought on our soil. And for many of our fathers, it was their first time away from home and their normal lives and, in reminiscing, for an 18-year-old who maybe went over at the end of the war, it was an adventure and the beginning of lifelong friendships. Sadly the outcome was not the same for all.

World War II was filthy, it wasn't the propaganda movies trying to keep our spirits up. It was a horrible war that killed many people through bombing, extermination, and starvation. For much of Europe, the aftermath wasn't that much better.

"Diplomate" is just a microcosm of one man's efforts to stop the carnage. Definitely worth seeing.


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5 March 2014 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,518, 19 October 2014

Gross USA:

$230,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,207,242
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2.35 : 1
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