A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.
Whiling away the hours in an isolated countryside estate near Nazi-occupied Utrecht, the abdicated German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, is still considered an influential man, and above all, a desirable assassination target. As a result, to avert a possible attempt against the life of the silver-haired former monarch, the reluctant Wehrmacht Captain, Stefan Brandt, is put in charge of his security, as there are rumours that a stealthy spy is in their midst. However, against all odds, Stefan will commence a fervent clandestine affair with the mansion's cryptic Dutch handmaiden, Mieke de Jong, threatening to put in jeopardy an already dangerously volatile situation. Now, with the imminent arrival of the powerful Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, can Brandt protect both the Kaiser and the unexpected love of his life?Written by
The film marks the first time actor Jai Courtney has performed a scene of full frontal nudity on screen. Courtney revealed that he had absolutely no inhibitions about going nude. He also said that he didn't like the alternative of putting on a modesty pouch or taping his genitals to his body. He said about the scene, "I am pretty comfortable being stark naked. I actually didn't even know my genitals were going to be in shot. You can't put them out all the time but sometimes it makes sense to get real and get in the moment. If you trust the other actors and things are treated with sensitivity and respect, then it's fine." See more »
Wilhelm states that the Tsar and his family were killed in a mine when in fact they were executed in a basement room and the bodies then dumped in a mine. Yet, many contradictory versions about the fate of the Russian royal family were circulating at the time, including stories about the bodies being dumped in a mine, a swamp or even not being executed at all, but simply taken to a secret location, but by then all versions (including the real one) were just rumors. Adding that the Soviet politburo was very secretive about the whole matter, it may show that the Kaiser, an old man kept in relative seclusion, was simply misinformed and had decided to believe this version without further evidence. See more »
I'm giving this an "8" simply for the fine acting and commanding presence of Christopher Plummer (I keep wanting to say "Sir Christopher Plummer") as the aged but sprightly and opinionated Kaiser Wilhelm II. I'm torn between calling this the most enjoyable silly film, or the silliest enjoyable film, I've seen in a while, but I found it captivating, even though it's almost certainly sheer fiction regarding any historical accuracy. Although I relished the early and frequent appearance of nudity and rampant sex, what I really wanted more of was extra screen time for the Kaiser's extensive wardrobe of military and imperial uniforms. Notable acting props also to Janet McTeer as the Kaiser's consort, and to Eddie Marsan as a glum, coldly business-like Heinrich Himmler.
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