Taking Sides: Le cas Furtwängler
Taking Sides: Le cas Furtwängler (2003)

A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 30s,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 5, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A complex, well-acted meditation on moral obligation and human loyalty, Taking Sides features noteworthy performances from Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgard.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Schematic, didactic, and most of all, in the case of Keitel, woefully miscast.

Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

The talk in this moral debate smokes with provocative drama and actors of weight.

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Cole Smithey

...a moderately effective small-scale courtroom drama set in the immediate years after Germany's surrender and shortly after the trials at Nuremberg.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The notions of the good man's complicity through inertia ... are ones that have been more powerfully explored before.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Brilliantly acted and written, Taking Sides overcomes any shortcoming of its transition from stage to screen.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film of some considerable power, thanks primarily to the brilliant performance of Skarsgard.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

We're asked to jump into the combatants' arguments with no background about either one, no reason to care if Skarsgard sweats or Keitel rages.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The film makes you take sides, and herein lies its attraction.

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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

In "Taking Sides," Harvey Keitel has interpreted "powerful performance" as loud, aggressive, and singularly one-sided, despoiling an otherwise thought-provoking film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Taking Sides" is set after the end of World War II, when the United States Army is investigating former Nazis in Germany. One… More