Taking Sides script
Taking Sides (2001)
Synopsis: This drama, based on a true story, focuses on the American-led investigation of Wilhelm Furtwangler (Stellan Skarsgard), a famous German conductor suspected of working with the Nazis. Maj. Steve Arnold (Harvey Keitel) is charged with making an example of Furtwangler due to his status as a high-profile cultural figure, and pulls no punches in questioning him about possible ties to the Hitler regime. However, as Arnold presses forward, his assumptions about Furtwangler don't necessarily hold up.

WALLACE:

Well, they say here that when you

went on a case, you stayed on it.

(looks up at Steve.)

Now we can't take every Nazi in

this country to trial, although I

would like to; it's an

impossibility. So we're going for

the big boys in industry, education,

law, culture.

STEVE:

Like this bandleader.

WALLACE:

(a smile)

Well, he's more than just a

bandleader, Steve. He's a great

conductor, a gifted artist. But we

believe that he sold himself to

the devil. Your number one priority

from this moment on is to connect

him to the Nazi Party. Don't be

impressed by him. I want the folks

back home to understand why we

fought this war. Find Wilhelm

Furtwängler guilty. He represents

everything that was rotten in

Germany.

Steve wants to rise, but Wallace puts a hand on his shoulder

to make him sit again.

WALLACE:

Stay put, Steve. There is some

other stuff that I'd like for you

to see here. Background.

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Ronald Harwood

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL (born Ronald Horwitz; 9 November 1934) is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). more…

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