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.

The Nazis applaud. Goebbels shakes hands with Furtwängler.

The film ends.

Sitting in the ruined cinema are two men: GENERAL WALLACE,

with files on the table, and, beside him, MAJOR STEVE

ARNOLD. A PROJECTIONIST is standing in the door of the

projection room.

WALLACE:

So, you never heard of him.

STEVE:

Nope.

WALLACE:

Do you know who Arturo Toscanini

is?

STEVE:

Sure.

WALLACE:

He's as big as Toscanini, maybe

even bigger. In this neck of the

woods, he's probably Bob Hope and

Betty Grable rolled into one.

STEVE:

Jeez, and I never heard of him.

Wallace glances at the file.

WALLACE:

You were in insurance before the

war.

STEVE:

Right. Claims assessor.

WALLACE:

Conscientious, determined, dogged.

STEVE:

(amused)

They said I was dogged?

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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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