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The Waldheim Waltz Ruth Beckermann

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Waldheims Walzer

Austria, 1986: during the country’s presidential election campaign, Kurt Waldheim, an acclaimed diplomat who was Secretary General of the United Nations throughout the 1970s, suffers a series of blows to his reputation as revelations emerge about his questionable past as a member of the Wehrmacht. But the news doesn’t weaken his electoral chances – quite the opposite. Through brilliant use of public archival materials and footage she captured at the time, Ruth Beckermann unpacks one of the biggest scandals in Austria’s political history. Denial, lies, attacks turned around into nationalist propaganda: the Waldheim case foreshadowed both Austria’s reactionary future and that of the world as a whole. (BD)

The Waldheim Waltz

  • Country : Austria
  • Year : 2018
  • V.O : English, German, French
  • Subtitles : English and French
  • Duration : 93 MIN
  • Cinematography : Ruth Beckermann
  • Editing : Dieter Pichler
  • Production : Ruth Beckermann
  • Sound Design : Manuel Grandpierre, Rudolf Pototschnig, Bernhard Maisch
Filmography of Ruth Beckermann :

A Fleeting Passage to the Orient (1999)
Zorro's Bar Mitzva (2006)
American Passages (2011)
Those Who Go Those Who Stay (2013)
The Dreamed Ones (2016)

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