An intelligent if not electrifying second world war drama. The gripping tale of an encounter on the eve of the Allied liberation of Paris suffers in the transition from stage to screen. Volker Schlöndorff’s stagey rendering of Cyril Gély’s 2011 playDiplomatie places a German general (Niels Arestrup) and a Swedish diplomat (André Dussollier) in a Paris hotel room on the eve of the Allied liberation in 1944, arguing about instructions from Berlin to devastate the city. The performances are excellent, the direction unobtrusive, and the subject matter undeniably gripping. But there’s not enough cinematic invention to make this electrify on screen as it evidently did on stage. The result is intriguing and intelligent, but ultimately uninspired.
Diplomacy 2014 Official Trailer.- 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. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the citys former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. In this passionate and emotional adaptation of the 2011 stage success by Cyril Gly, the great Volker Schlndorff Academy Award winner THE TIN DRUM has created a psychologically elaborate and thrilling game of political manners.FacebookTwitterOfficial WebsiteDirector Volker Schlndorff Writers Cyril Gly, Volker Schlndorff Actors Andr Dussollier, Niels Arestrup Genre Drama , Foreign Run Time 1 hour 25 minutes Copyright to Production company