"Diplomatie" (Diplomat), 2014, is a film worth watching
January 9, 2016 11:03am CST
In 1944, the new Nazi Germany Military Governor of Paris, sent there by Hitler to restore order, was under orders to destroy Paris if it became clear that Allied troops were about to retake the city. The plan was made; tons of explosives were ready to destroy bridges and walls that would allow the river Seine to flood parts of the city to a depth of three or four feet. Notre Dame, the Louvre, all the beautiful and historic buildings of Paris were to be blown up. As Allied troops reached the outskirts of Paris, neutral Sweden's consul, who knew of the plans, visited the Military Governor and implored him to disobey orders and spare the city. The governor knew that his family back in Germany would be executed if he disobeyed orders, and up to the last minute was ready to give the order to destroy what has been called the "City of Light." This story was told in a movie made in 2014 (based on a play), called "Diplomatie," (Diplomat). It is mostly in French and German with sub-titles, but well worth watching. I found it riveting.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jan 16
@LadyDuck I studied French for two years in college may years ago. My teacher said that my pronunciation was very good. I got excellent grades too. There is a novel written many years ago that deals with the same subject. A movie was made too, called "Is Paris Burning." I don't find the movie on Netflix.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
17 Jan 16
This is indeed and excellent movie. Riveting enough that my husband (who usually doesn't enjoy movies he has to read) and my fourteen year old daughter (who is 14, need I say more?) enjoyed it as well. Very, VERY well done! Thanks for the review!