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Arguing Paris' fate in the compelling 'Diplomacy'

Arguing Paris' fate in the compelling 'Diplomacy'
Niels Arestrup plays German Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz in the superb WWII-set "Diplomacy." (Jerome Prebois / Zeitgeist Films)

In "Diplomacy," veteran German director Volker Schlöndorff and two of France's top actors, André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup, convincingly imagine how a Swedish consul and a German general could have argued the fate of Paris in the closing days of World War II. Back and forth the two men go at each other with passion and conviction, trading arguments like championship jabs. Given that the outcome is anything but a secret, it's quite a triumph that this film involves us as thoroughly as it does in the ebb and flow of their compelling conversation.

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