WALDHEIM WALTZ, THE
2018 Oscar® Selection, Austria
After serving as U.N. Secretary General from 1972 to 1981, Kurt Waldheim was elected president of Austria in 1986. But it was a controversial election, as new details about Waldheim's service in the Nazi Wehrmacht in Greece and Yugoslavia during WWII came to light — including grave allegations as to his complicity in war crimes — and for many around the world, Waldheim's explanations failed to convince. Ruth Beckermann's gripping documentary combines the long view of historical perspective with the immediacy of someone who lived through the era — Beckermann shot much of the footage from the '70s and '80s herself, when she was an active protester of Waldheim's candidacy. DIR/SCR/PROD Ruth Beckermann. Austria, 2018, color, 93 min. In German and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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