Der kleine Löwe und die Großen oder Die Patriarchen und die Diplomatie

Synopsis:
Genre: Drama
Year:
1973
45 min
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From all German stations,

including those of

the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia,

the General Government,

the Brussels Two

and Luxemburg stations,

and the Paris station.

In the Night Concerts series,

the Deutsche Rundfunk presents

the Seventh Symphony

by Ludwig van Beethoven,

conducted by Wilhelm Furtwngler.

Warsaw, early August 1944

DIPLOMACY:

Europe was consumed by war.

We were all going to die.

After the Landings,

the Allies marched on Paris.

The Germans planned to destroy,

to raze everything.

Especially Paris.

Nothing was to be left standing.

The Fhrer's orders.

Paris,

the night of August 24-25, 1944

Here's your coffee.

You haven't slept all night again.

Morning, Maryse.

Tell Mayer to bring me

my uniform and boots, please.

But it's 4 a.m.

Do as I ask.

Morning, sir.

Morning, Mayer.

General,

you're standing against the light.

Not even a child would miss you.

Children are asleep at this time.

Come inside.

Please.

What's that, Mayer?

Looks like a man

taking his dog for a walk.

Such arrogance!

The Parisians think we're finished.

Mayer, pills!

Quickly!

- Should I call Dr. Fischer?

- No.

Take long, deep breaths, sir.

Are you ready?

Yes, sir.

Alfred has the car ready.

But, General...

It's not a favor I'm asking you,

it's an order.

Take that letter to my wife.

Tell her

I was only doing my duty.

Chocolates. For the children.

General, your telegrams.

Okay, fine.

The enemy broke through

our defenses last night.

Reinforcements?

That's fine, thank you very much.

Mr. Lanvin?

This way, please.

Why that way?

The General's orders.

They're near Soissons, 3 hours away.

The roads are minefields.

They'll be here at noon,

if there's no more sabotage.

The enemy's only 2 hours away.

Gentlemen...

If Paris falls, all of France falls.

And the Americans march on Germany.

There's no other choice left to me.

The explosion will be heard in Berlin.

And 50 years from now, too, I bet.

Well, sir?

What are you going to do?

My duty.

You can rely on me.

I know.

I have faith in you.

Thank you, Mayer.

But as the French say,

you only die once,

but you stay dead a long time.

Don't delay, get out of the city.

Rest assured.

I'll be in Baden-Baden tonight.

Drop by Caf Karl.

Eat a pretzel for me.

Alfred!

For the General's wife.

Have a good trip.

What is it?

- You must leave.

- I know. Just a moment.

It's pointless. The fun is over.

I can't go out without my eyes.

Mr. Lanvin.

Good morning.

Major Ebernach

and the French engineer are here.

Have them wait a moment.

The General's orders are to dig in

in Paris.

We'll give the enemy hell.

We'll fight street by street

to the last bullet.

That way, we'll hold them up a while.

They won't be in Germany anytime soon.

- I'll take that.

- Fine.

What took 40 minutes in Kowel

will take longer in Paris,

but afterwards

there won't be a stone left standing.

Sorry for making you use

the backstairs.

I'd rather not alarm the staff

or our troops.

Suits me.

I won't boast about this.

Your expertise

will be very useful to us.

You know, I regret...

Spare me your qualms.

I have my own.

Of course,

he didn't help us voluntarily.

But, as he's the expert,

I suggest he explains personally.

Lanvin, you have

the General's attention.

All right, then.

The bridges...

33 of them, in all.

And a dozen more on the outskirts.

All rigged with explosives.

Except the Pont Neuf, right here.

It's the oldest.

It will allow you

to cross between both banks

and to use the island

as a stronghold.

Blowing up the bridges

will cause the Seine to burst its banks,

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