Friday, August 22, 2008
On a spur of a moment decision sick of looking at our half finished kitchen renovation, we decided to head to our local Cultural Centre which has $6 arthouse movies on a friday night. We turned up not knowing what was going to be showing just happy to be out of the house!
The movie of the night was The Counterfeiters (German with English Subtitles) which is a true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp Salomon Sorowitsch is forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard.
My husband and I nearly jumped out of our seats in excitement when in the very early stages of the movie they show the printing room full of platen presses!! You can just see one in the background of the image above.
As the movie progressed you saw more and more platen presses churning out the forged bank notes. Very exciting to see a somewhat typical ( if you ignore the forgery & the fact its in a concentration camp) print shop back in the era. But at the same time also a very sad story knowing that this all in fact really did happen.
So our gamble at the arthouse cinema paid off - we think this movie is well deserving of its Acadamy Award - the platens are an added bonus!