It's remarkable how a movie that is made up of primarily one long conversation (or debate, if you wish), between two men in one hotel room in Paris, can generate so much suspense and agony. In August 1944, the French were beginning to build their resistance movement in German-occupied Paris while the allied forces were already marching across Europe. Knowing he was about to lose the war, Hitler ordered General Choltitz to blow up the whole city. The Fuhrer would rather see the allies enter city of rubble than surrender in humiliation.
The acting is superb. The French spoken was quite clear (far clearer than many of the other French films I have viewed.) The English subtitles are well done for those who do not wish to follow the conversations in French.
As I did a little research online after seeing the film, I learned that Nordling had had several meetings with the General to negotiate the release of POWs. However, he did not have a conversation with Choltitz regarding the destruction of Paris.
Even though the outcome of this historic event is known, the tension in this film is high and the viewer is apprehensive about the fate of Paris. Excellent acting. The actors speak in French and German but the subtitles are well done. Highly recommended.
4 stars - A close study of two characters (fantastic acting!),the movie's fascinating because it's a true story from WWII. The focus is the imagined verbal-tennis-match: How can a Swedish diplomat dissuade the German commanding General from flattening & flooding central Paris in the final hours when the Allies are moving into the outskirts of the city ? -- Highly recommended.
Outstanding movie that captures so well a most important historical moment from World War II. The dialogue in "Diplomacy" is captivating. I now have a new perspective on Sweden. Why not take out this special movie. You will be well rewarded!
Suspenseful. Intriguing dialogue. Cat and mouse - which is which. Never knew about this historical moment!
This is largely a two man WWII film with the two men negotiating whether Paris should be flooded like New Orleans Katrina. The two main actors are excellent in giving their opposing viewpoints as to why Paris should or should not be completely destroyed. Explosives had been set throughout Paris and not only would most of have Paris been flooded in 12 to 15 feet of water, but the Eiffel Tower would also be dynamited into non-existence. Perhaps a million people would have keen killed, as numerous bridges for escape would also have been destroyed. This was a crazy plan by Hitler as one last chance to save the Nazis near the end of the war.
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