Diplomacy (Diplomatie)


Milliken at the Dennos Museum Wed, Jul 29, 2015 6:00 PM
City Opera House Fri, Jul 31, 2015 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2014
Runtime:85 min.
Production Country:France
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:André Dussollier
Niels Arestrup
Burghart Klaußner
Robert Stadlober
Charlie Nelson
Jean-Marc Roulot
Director:Volker Schlöndorff
Produced by:Marc de Bayser
Frank Le Wita
Screenwriter:Cyril Gely
Cinematography:Michel Amathieu
Editing By:Virginie Bruant
Music By:Jörg Lemberg


The fate of Paris hangs in the balance in this WWII drama about the supreme importance of diplomacy. As the Allies approach Paris, Hitler orders that the capital be destroyed. This task falls to General Dietrich von Choltitz, who has already mined the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the bridges over the Seine. In the wee early morning hours, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nording slips into German headquarters unannounced, using a hidden staircase, and spends the night trying everything he can to appeal to von Choltitz’s reason and humanity, and prevent the senseless destruction of Paris. This superb adaptation of the play by “The Tin Drum” director Volker Schlöndorff uses precise, restless camerawork to create a feeling of claustrophobic suspense as the plot races against the clock.