The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky Cast: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow
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The Counterfeiters

Writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky explores the moral corrosion of Nazi complicity with this tightly wound adaptation of Adolf Burger's fact-based book The Devil's Workshop. Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) may be a talented artist at heart, but his desire for wealth has driven him to use his creativity for more nefarious means. Arrested by the police inspector Herzog (Devid Striesow) at the onset of World War II, Sorowitsch is sent to the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp. It's not long before Salomon's thinly veiled opportunism earns him a relatively comfortable position as the camp's resident sketch artist, and five years later he is mysteriously swept away to Sachsenhausen. Upon arriving at the camp, Sorowitsch discovers that Herzog, now a commandant, is attempting to destabilize the economies of the Allies while simultaneously funding the Nazi war machine by assembling a special team of counterfeit artists to create millions in fraudulent pounds and dollars. As the operation gets under way, Sorowitsch finds the efforts of the team continually undermined by unyieldingly idealistic collotype specialist Adolf Burger (August Diehl). In the months that follow, the team wrestles with their consciences as Axis forces are gradually overwhelmed by Allied might. The Counterfeiters won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
UPC: 0043396263901
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 81,951

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karl Markovics Salomon Sorowitsch
August Diehl Adolf Burger
Devid Striesow Friedrich Herzog
Martin Brambach Holst
Dolores Chaplin Red-Haired Woman
August Zirner Dr. Klinger
Marie Baumer Aglaia
Veit Stuebner Atze
Sebastian Urzendowsky Kolya
Andreas Schmidt Zilinsky
Tilo Prückner Actor
Lenn Kudrjawitzki Actor
Marian Kalus Actor
Norman Stoffregen Actor
Bernd Raucamp Actor
Gode Benedix Actor
Oliver Kanter Actor
Hans Peter Kortenbruck Actor
Dirk Prinz Actor
Hille Beseler Actor
Erik Jan Rippmann Actor
Tim Breyvogel Actor

Technical Credits
Stefan Ruzowitzky Director,Screenwriter
Josef Aichholzer Producer
Anton Maria Aigner Asst. Director
Nina Bohlmann Producer
Nicole Fischnaller Costumes/Costume Designer
Torsten Heinemann Sound/Sound Designer
Heta Mantscheff Casting
Henning Molfenter Co-producer
Britta Nahler Editor
Benedict Neuenfels Cinematographer
Marius Ruhland Score Composer
Babette Schroeder Producer
Caroline Von Senden Co-producer
Isi Wimmer Production Designer
Isidor Wimmer Set Decoration/Design
Carl L. Woebcken Co-producer

Scene Index

Commentary with director; Deleted scenes; Making-of the counterfeiters; Adolf Burger's historical artifacts

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't until I saw this movie, that there was a NAZI operation going on using Jewish people and criminal counterfeiters. I knew there was counterfeiting in the Third Reich, but not done by so many innocent people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Survival of the Shrewdest, August 7, 2008 By Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my reviews Die F&#228 lscher (The Counterfeiters) deserves its Oscar as the Best Foreign Film of 2007. Based on a true story and singed with horrifying details of the Nazi treatment of 'detainees' (primarily Jews) during WW II, the inner story of this film is one of resilience and survival against near impossible odds and how one man turned his criminal gifts into a system so impressive that he served as a 'provider' of funds to the financially depleted Third Reich war effort. The story is in itself fascinating enough to hold our interest for the duration of the film, but it is the incredibly ingenious and wily character of Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch that burns a space in our minds of how one man survived the concentration camps and in his own way helped fellow Jews to likewise survive the Holocaust. Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) is a brilliant counterfeiter, a Russian Jew so gifted in his ability to forge documents such as passports that he is able to live the 'good life' - money, women, gambling, etc. - until he is arrested by the Nazis and placed in a detention camp Sachsenhausen north of Berlin. His facile mind sees his possible extermination and leads him to make a deal with the Nazis to spare his life (and the lives of his elected doomed accomplices) in return for making counterfeit money (British pounds) so desperately needed to fill the coffers of the dwindling Nazi resources. He and his confr&#232 res are afforded comfortable living space, good foods, and other amenities in a special sector of the concentration camp, a place where they can spend their time turning out volumes of money for the Nazis. In this way many of these 'selected' men manage to stay alive until the war is over, but the 'hero' character of Sally Sorowitsch remains an enigma of sorts: his cunning ideas are basically self centered and his focus remains on his own survival and ultimate gratification of yet another successful counterfeit business. In other words, his story leaves a feeling of uneasiness with the viewer - is this a survivor to admire or is this a 'player' whose sense of compassion is marred by his own selfish goals? The viewer is left to decide. Though Karl Markovics is very strong in the leading role, the supporting cast of some of Germany's finest actors brings a depth of humanity and perception to the major issue the film addresses - both death and survival in the onerous concentration camps of the Nazis. Director/screenwriter Stefan Ruzowitzky deserves kudos for the manner in which he shows both sides of the seminal situation. His cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels manages to capture the lurid light of the confined men and makes the intolerable almost tolerable to watch: the haunting musical score by Marius Ruhland completes the atmosphere. This is a powerful movie on every level, but it is a very disturbing film in many ways. It will make the viewer think - and that is most definitely a strong point of this film. In German with English subtitles. Grady Harp
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