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The Counterfeiters (Bilingual) [Import]

Karl Markovics , August Diehl , Stefan Ruzowitzky    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Drama, 2007 (Germany) Original title: "Die Fälscher" The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Message for Modern Times Aug. 22 2008
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Shaky but Powerful Dec 27 2010
By David M. Goldberg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Review April 24 2014
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This is a great movie with a great story that is based on a very true story. Although in another language, it is still a very good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie Jan. 11 2013
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This movie should be viewed by anyone interested in history and the Holocaust. Superbly filmed and very realistic. Very good acting no wonder it won best film reward
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great drama and story. Dec 30 2010
By echo_qc
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Watched it in german with english subtitles.
Great acting and story telling.
A must have for WWII movie buffs.
Based on actual facts.
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