‘The Counterfeiters’ is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon “Sally” Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Bernhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany’s allied opponents, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard’s aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones. Adapted from Adolf Burger’s autobiography ‘The Devil’s Workshop’. —Sony Pictures Classics
Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna in 1961. He studied Theater and History and attended film courses and seminars by such industry figures as Syd Field, Zdenek Mahler and Vilmos Zsigmond. In the first half of the 1980s, he worked in the theater as a director and wrote radio plays for the Austrian broadcaster ORF. From 1987, Ruzowitzky worked as a freelance director and author for television, commercials and music videos. In 1996, he made his feature directorial debut with “Tempo”, which won the Max Ophuels Award in 1997. His second feature, “The Inheritors” (“Die Siebtelbauern”, 1997), was sold to 50 countries and shown at numerous film festivals around the globe, winning many prizes including a Tiger Award in Rotterdam. The Inheritors was also Austria’s entry for the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1999. Since then, he has made the successful thriller “Anatomy” (“Anatomie”, 2000), “All the Queen’s Men” (2001) and “Anatomy 2” (“Anatomie 2”, 2002). In 2008, Ruzowitzky’s… read more
There's certainly a lot to like here, but I feel they missed the mark by not showing more of the lighter and humorous moments between the inmates and their "employers." When they do, it only serves to underline and make the tragedy more poignant. But that's nitpicking, this is a great, suspenseful drama with some wonderful performances.
Não chega a ser realmente um caso de revisionismo histórico. Mas é fato que a produção cinematográfica contemporânea começou a delinear de forma mais complexa e com maior gama de nuances um dos maiores… read review