Diplomacy 2014 ***

Veteran Director Volker Schlondorff returns to the history books with a stagy but fascinating drama about two men caught in a key moment of world history; the German withdrawal from Paris in 1944. General von Chorltitz (Nils Aerstrup) is commanding the German forces, with orders to destroy Paris in his wake. Raoul Nording (Andre Dussolier) is sent to remonstrate with him, and when his initial advances are unsuccessful, Nording sets about using more philosophical methods to achieve his goal. With the action largely set in one room, Diplomacy is deliberately intense in scope, but two stunning performances and a studied understanding on the issues involves make Diplomacy a history lesson for anyone interested in a thoughtful war drama with a serious historical bent.


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