Paris on the brink of de­struc­tion


The Nazis had big plans for Paris. Af­ter the D-Day in­va­sion in June 1944, and as the Al­lies closed in on the French cap­i­tal, or­ders were given to re­duce the City of Light to the ground.

Adolf Hitler had de­creed Paris must not fall to the en­emy. Ex­plo­sives were planted on the Eif­fel Tower, in the Lou­vre, in Notre Dame, in other French land­marks and on bridges over the Seine, primed and ready to blow. As­signed to carry out this bar­baric or­der was the Wehrma­cht com­man­der of Greater Paris, Gen­eral Di­et­rich von Choltitz.

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Then on Au­gust 25, 1944 a man emerges from a se­cret pas­sage in the gen­eral’s head­quar­ters and at­tempts to per­suade him not to push the plunger.

That man was Swedish Con­sulGen­eral Raoul Nordling. This ex­tra­or­di­nary true story is re­vealed in the 2014 movie Diplo­macy ( Di­plo­matie). Adapted from the play by Cyril Gely and di­rected by Volker Schlon­dorff ( The Tin Drum), the film stars ac­claimed French ac­tors An­dre´ Dus­solier as Nordling and Niels Are­strup as von Choltitz.

It pre­miered at the 64th Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Fe­bru­ary 2014, won the 2014 Ce´sar

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In French with English sub­ti­tles, Diplo­macy is be­ing shown by Al­liance Franc¸aise at Cinema Gold this Fri­day 30 at 7.30 pm. En­try is $25 for mem­bers and $30 for non­mem­bers and in­cludes a com­ple­men­tary glass of wine and cheese. Tick­ets are avail­able at Cinema Gold or Al­liance Franc¸aise in Square Edge, and English will be spo­ken.

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French ac­tor Niels Are­strup as Ger­man Gen­eral Di­et­rich von Choltitz, the man charged with de­stroy­ing Paris dur­ing World War II, in a scene from the movie Diplo­macy ( Di­plo­matie) show­ing for Al­liance Fran­caise at Cinema Gold.

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