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The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters

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


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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
UPC: 0043396263901
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Time: 1:35:00

Special Features

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

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

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