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The Counterfeiters (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, August Zirner
  • Directors: Stefan Ruzowitzky
  • Writers: Stefan Ruzowitzky, Adolf Burger
  • Producers: Babette Schröder, Caroline von Senden, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: German, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Release Date: Aug. 5 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012QE4PI
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The Counterfeiters tells the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, a swindler who made a name for himself as Berlin's King of the Counterfeiters. However, his life of women and easy money is cut short when he's arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. With the German army on the verge of bankruptcy, Sorowitsch makes a sobering deal with his captors: in exchange for a comfortable bed, good food, and fair treatment, Sorowitsch, along with the other hand-picked specialists, must counterfeit bank notes to fund the Nazi war effort. If he does as they say, he lives another day. If he rebels, he faces the same fate as the rest of the camp's prisoners. But if he lives, will he be able to live with himself?

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 22 2008
Format: DVD
If you want to watch a movie that causes you to think and take stock of your own life, try "The Counterfeiters". Based on the true story of the Nazis's attempts during WW II to flood Britain with funny money, it examines the life of one of Europe's leading forgers, a Jew named Salomon Sorowitsch. While the main setting for this `masterplan' of deception is in the dreary confines of Auschwitz, the viewer will be introduced to other places of interest throughout Europe. This film is a case of the message being equal to or better than the medium. Sorowitsch, effectively played by Karl Markovics, has been arrested by the SS and coopted into helping Reichfuhrer Himmler establish a counterfeiting ring intent on producing the perfect British pound note for general circulation purposes. During this time, Salomon and his fellow Jewish inmates have intensive discussions as to whether it is morally right to assist the enemy in an illegal act in order to survive. Don't think that this issue is limited to times of neatly defined conflicts where the enemy is clear for everyone to see. I had a New Zealand friend into watch the film and proceeded to indulge in an engrossing half-hour debate with him afterwards as to how it related to the modern state of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. It was a most interesting and enlightening chat made possible by a very thought-provoking screen production
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“This was not as shaky as one reviewer claim it to be” It Was Not” period, so now,
great piece of History about “The Counterfeiters” master swindler “Salomon Sorowitsch”
played by (Karl Markovics) who made a name for himself as Berlin’s king of Counterfeiters
lived the live of woman and easy money, woman, they get into trouble all the time,
finally the SS caught up to him, sent to a concentration camp where he made a deal with the German’s,
the way this movie is filmed with the fine grain, gives it that period of 1945, the movement of the
hand-held camera at certain points are a little shaky, but I think, gives it the feel of the chaos,
that these men were going through,
Special Features,
Commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky,
Deleted scenes,
making of the Counterfeiters,
Adolf Burger’s Historical Artifacts,
Q&A with director Stefan Ruzowitzky,
interviews with real-life counterfeiter
Adolf Burger, Actor Karl Markovics and Director Stefan Ruzowitzky,
I Really Enjoyed This Movie,
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David M. Goldberg TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 27 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The two adjectives of my chosen title sum up what I consider to be the main qualities of this ultimately impressive movie. Technically, the image-making is flawed; so obviously so, that I wonder whether the otherwise commendable director,Stefan Ruzowitsky, is a member of that loonie left brigade, Dogme 95, led by the perverse cineaste Lars Von Trier, whose canon laws include the injunction to use only a hand-held camera when filming to ensure an honest and realistic visual creation, but one certain to give the viewer a headache and double vision. Fortunately, he has not adhered to another dogma of the group: the abolition of scenery and its replacement by chalk marks as implemented by the aforementioned Lars in two of his earlier films of this century. On the contrary, Ruzowitsky's shaking camera conjures up the full horror of the concentration camps as well as the contrasting comfort in which the Counterfeiters lived and worked. The eyes can literally smell the blood, sweat and - yes - piss! This moving intensity is carried over into his presentation of the protagonists and gives the film its astonishing power.

The story will probably be familiar to most readers of my review. It describes the setting up by the SS of a Special Division operated by Jewish camp inmates from various walks of life, each of whom has some skill or training useful in the forging of passports and other documents. The principal objective becomes the reproduction of various denominations of the Pound Sterling, an aim so perfectly accomplished that the counterfeit notes are certified as genuine by an expert panel of the Bank of England, and sufficient are produced to comfortably surpass the entire reserves of the United Kingdom.
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Simply wonderful, all the way. Very good service from Amazon! And it was really bilingual... (others, even thoug the package sais so... are not! oups!)
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