Taking Sides

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  • Summary: A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwängler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. After a somewhat shaky start, the film gradually settles in to become another extraordinarily powerful and explosively acted drama that deftly probes the moral responsibility of an artist in a totalitarian society.
  2. Sparked by the actors' powerful performances, Arnold's moral absolutism and Furtwängler's lofty aestheticism make for a dramatically compelling clash.
  3. 75
    The movie is both interesting and unsatisfying. The Keitel performance is over the top, inviting us to side with Furtwangler simply because his interrogator is so vile.
  4. Characters do little more than run around the same track incessantly, leaving us waiting for revelations that never arrive.
  5. 60
    Flawed but fascinating.
  6. 50
    Be sure to stay for the coda, a damning piece of newsreel that casts much of what went before in a whole new light.
  7. The movie's promise -- to provide a balanced argument -- goes unrealized, and all we're left with is the spectacle of an idiot bullying a genius.

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