"Diplomatie" (Diplomat), 2014, is a film worth watching

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Eugene, Oregon
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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@LadyDuck (146886)
• Switzerland
9 Jan 16
It is surely a good movie, I can even understand without the subtitles.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jan 16
I knew that you would be a fan of this film and am not surprised at all that you could understand the language.
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@LadyDuck (146886)
• Switzerland
9 Jan 16
@JamesHxstatic I am glad that Paris was spared, what a shame to destroy "La Ville Lumière" (The City of Light).
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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.
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
9 Jan 16
That sounds like a movie my husband and I would both enjoy. Thanks for the review.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jan 16
I had not heard of it until I ran across it on Netflix.
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@JohnRoberts (51986)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Jul 16
The film is directed by noted German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff whose best known film is The Tin Drum.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Jul 16
That one was from a great novel, but I have not seen the film.
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@JohnRoberts (51986)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Jul 16
@JamesHxstatic I highly recommend seeing The Tin Drum.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Jul 16
@JohnRoberts Thanks @JohnRoberts, I will see if it is available.
@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jan 16
I dislike subtitles. I could probably see something like on the History Channel.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Jan 16
There are probably documentaries about it I'm sure.
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jan 16
@JamesHxstatic ...Most likely
@Platespinner (16532)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
10 Jan 16
It sounds like a movie that I would enjoy. Off to go put it on my Netflix list.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Jan 16
I do hope you like it. The drama is intense with the dialog mostly between the Swedish diplomat (awarded a medal after the war) and the general.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
10 Jan 16
@JamesHxstatic I noticed it's on instant-play so I will probably end up watching it fairly soon.
@topffer (33150)
• France
9 Jan 16
I completely agree with you. It is surprisingly good for a movie adapted from a play. It kept me in suspense from the beginning to the end, and I enjoyed it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Jan 16
Yes, the conversation between the two was intense and almost threatening at times. I am glad the diplomat prevailed.
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@topffer (33150)
• France
10 Jan 16
@JamesHxstatic I disliked the diplomat at the end when I realized that he did not wanted to fulfill his promises. Well, it is not History, but a captivating movie.
@Platespinner (16532)
• 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!
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan 16
I am glad that you all enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!
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@DeborahDiane (19889)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan 16
I have watched many good films with sub-titles, but not that one. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like something my husband would enjoy, too.
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan 16
I do hope that you both like it.
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@troyburns (1438)
• New Zealand
9 Jan 16
It sounds like a story well worth telling, and Volker Schlondorff is a terrific filmmaker. I haven't seen this movie, but would like to thanks to your review..
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Jan 16
After seeing this, I would like to see "Is Paris Burning," but it does not seem to be available.
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