The Aryan Couple

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Overview

In this drama set in Eastern Europe in 1944, Martin Landau plays Josef Krauzenberg, a wealthy Hungarian Jewish business owner who, despite his fortune, finds his life hanging in the balance as the Nazi "final solution" is being enacted throughout Eastern Europe. Under the terms of the Third Reich's "Europa Plan," Krauzenberg arranges with Nazi leaders to exchange his fortune, his business holdings textile plants, steel mills, ownership of several banks and a collection of rare art for safe passage to Switzerland ...
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Overview

In this drama set in Eastern Europe in 1944, Martin Landau plays Josef Krauzenberg, a wealthy Hungarian Jewish business owner who, despite his fortune, finds his life hanging in the balance as the Nazi "final solution" is being enacted throughout Eastern Europe. Under the terms of the Third Reich's "Europa Plan," Krauzenberg arranges with Nazi leaders to exchange his fortune, his business holdings textile plants, steel mills, ownership of several banks and a collection of rare art for safe passage to Switzerland for himself, his wife Rachel Judy Parfitt, and their family. Such is Krauzenberg's wealth and power that when he agrees to sign over his property, two of the most powerful men in the Nazi regime announce they will come to his house to handle the paperwork -- Adolf Eichmann Steven Mackintosh and Heinrich Himmler Danny Webb; however, as the Nazi leaders are ushered into Krauzenberg's home, they notice something unusual -- his two most trusted servants, Hans Vassmann Kenny Doughty and his wife Ingrid Caroline Carver are a married Aryan couple who are still working for a Jew despite the pogrom. As it happens, Eichmann and Himmler's suspicions are well-founded -- Hans and Ingrid are actually Jews working undercover with a team of resistance fighters, and as they serve the Nazis, they wonder if they should kill Eichmann and Himmler for the greater good, even if it would mean certain death for the Krauzenbergs and themselves. While The Aryan Couple is fictional, it was inspired by actual events, and the existence of the "Europa Plan" has been documented, though no one appears to have been saved from death through its application.
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Special Features

Previews; 5 making-of featurettes; Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2007
  • UPC: 687797116697
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,126

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Landau Joseph Krauzenberg
Judy Parfitt Rachel Krauzenberg
Kenny Doughty Hans Vassman
Caroline Carver Ingrid Vassman
Christopher Fulford Edelhein
Daniel Webb Himmler
Steven Mackintosh Adolf Eichmann
Jake Wood Dressler
Austen Palmer Becher
Nolan Hemmings Gerhard
Technical Credits
John Daly Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Beale Producer
Mathew Booth Editor
Chris Elliott Score Composer
Sergei Kozlov Cinematographer
Kendrew Lascelles Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Couple
1. Main Titles [8:10]
2. Mr. Krauzenberg Calls [8:28]
3. Bargain [9:20]
4. Riding Bikes [8:01]
5. Do You Have the Money [11:20]
6. Room Search [9:26]
7. Europa Plan [6:32]
8. Dinner at Krauzenberg's [14:07]
9. Packing Up [11:43]
10. Speak to the Guards [16:31]
11. On the Train [12:01]
12. End Credits [4:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Couple
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Audio: English Stereo
      Subtitles: English Closed Captions
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      The Making of The Couple
         The Story
         The Aryan Couple
         A Trip in Time
         Shooting in Poland
         Why We Tell the Story
         Play All
      Previews
         The Couple
         Relative Strangers
         Her Minor Thing
         Mr. Fix It
         A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pay To Live: Another Aspect of the 'Jewish Problem' in Nazi Germany

    Despite the fact that there have been many good films about the Holocaust, the Nazi manipulated genocide of the Jews in World War II, there is enough room for a new perspective to that hideous period in history to make THE COUPLE a welcome addition to the repertoire. Written by Director John Daly based on a story by Kendrew Lascelles this film reveals a little known bit of history that shows that the Nazis allowed the wealthy Jews to 'buy their freedom and lives' at enormous losses. And the key Nazi, at least in this story, is none other than Himmler. Joseph Krauzenberg (Martin Landau) is a very wealthy German Jewish industrial tycoon whose fortune is mirrored in his palaces that are more like museums of great art. But in the year 1944 his important steel mills and other major industries are needed by the Nazis and so a plan is hatched to offer Krauzenberg, his wife Rachel (Judy Parfitt) and his considerable family the opportunity to escape death by allowing them to leave Germany for Switzerland and ultimately for Palestine. The only servants the Krauzenbergs maintain are the Vassmans - Ingrid (Caroline Carver) and Hans (Kenny Doughty) - an Aryan couple who in reality work for the Underground and are actually Jews under strong cover. Eichmann (Steven Mackintosh) and Himmler (Danny Webb) are perpetrating the plan to gain all of the wealth and lands and homes and art of the Krauzenbergs and they attend a dinner party at the Krauzenberg palace to sign the final papers. One of the other officers Edelhein (Christopher Fulford) is the most repulsive of the group and despite the fact that Ingrid Vassman is pregnant, Edelhein pursues her as a perfect foil for implanting his precious seed in the 'Aryan beauty' to populate the new Germany. As the night of transaction occurs Krauzenberg visits his large family being held by Eichmann in the Gestapo and reassures them that all will be safe. The Vassmans love the Krauzenbergs and ultimately confess that they are Jewish and wish to escape to Palestine with the Krauzenbergs. In a fast paced finale the trials and tribulations of the final plan are worked through in a somewhat surprising way. THE COUPLE is beautifully photographed (the film was shot in Poland despite the fact that the Krauzenberg estates were in Hungary) and the mood of evil is always present in the night scenes with the requisite searchlights penetrating the darkness. Laudau and Parfitt are strong as are Webb, Mackintosh and Fulford. Neither Caroline Carver nor Kenny Doughty is up to the task of making the Couple credible. But the overall impact of the film is the focus of the evil that drove the Nazi machine, even with this slight bit of human kindness that was bestowed on the Krauzenberg family at such an awful cost. Grady Harp

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