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Info: 13 MINUTES

1 hrs, 53 mins
Burghart Klaussner, Johann von Bülow, Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler
Oliver Hirschbiegel

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This gripping political thriller explores the methods and motives of a German driven to take desperate action in 1939, early in the war. Georg Elser (an impressive performance by Christian Friedel, The White Ribbon) was an idealistic young carpenter who decided to try to kill Hitler for the good of Germany. He painstakingly constructs a bomb and plants it in a Munich beer hall where the Fuhrer will be delivering a speech. It actually works, killing several innocent people, but Hitler had left the building 13 minutes earlier. Soon arrested and informed of the failure of his plot, Elser is brutally interrogated by the Gestapo, who can’t believe he is a lone assassin with no circle of conspirators. In richly colored flashbacks Georg’s former life and character are revealed: he was a free-spirited apolitical bachelor, romancing an unhappily married woman (Katharina Schüttler) in a rural southwest German town. But witnessing the encroachment of the Third Reich on all aspects of life, he became more sullen and intense, stirred to action. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and written by Fred Breinersdorfer (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days) with his daughter Léonie-Claire. (Fully subtitled)

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