A man conducting Beethoven. Air raid in progress. Bombs
A beam from a torch, bouncing, making shadows. An
The air raid continues.
Dr. Furtwängler, the Reichsminister.
corridor on guard.
INT. CONDUCTOR'S ROOM - NIGHT
with the Reichsminister.
Dr. Furtwängler, I want to apologise
personally for this power failure.
I was so enjoying the performance.
A bomb explodes nearby.
But I welcome this unexpected
opportunity of talking to you.
(with great care)
When you came on to the platform
tonight, I thought you weren't
well. You looked tired,
Get away from this bombing.
Away from the war. Yes, you look
(a crooked smile)
Even in this light.
of the will. Over this:
A MAN'S VOICE
Look at them. Men, women, kids.
Boy, did they love him. You see,
something deep, real deep and savage
and barbaric, and it won't just go
away overnight. It's got to be
rooted out. You know what I think?
I think they were all Nazis. And
let's face it, their leaders, those
bastards now on trial in Nuremberg,
couldn't have done it alone. It's
these people, they gave all the
help that was needed. Willingly.
Goebbels, listening. And they're listening to and watching
Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting. At the appropriate moment:
THE MAN'S VOICE
That's him. Furtwängler. Wilhelm
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.