MUMBAI: Shemaroo World Cinema has released the German crime drama, The Counterfeiters on DVD.
The film directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, is originally called Die Fälscher and is ninety-eight minutes long with subtitles in English.
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. In the months that follow, the team wrestles with their consciences as Axis forces are gradually overwhelmed by Allied might.
The DVD is priced at Rs 349.