Sophie Scholl – The Final Days

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (German: Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage) is a 2005 German historical drama film directed by Marc Rothemund and written by Fred Breinersdorfer. It is about the last days in the life of Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old member of the anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group the White Rose, part of the German Resistance movement. She was found guilty of high treason by the People’s Court and executed the same day, 22 February 1943.

The film was presented at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2005 and won Silver Bear awards for Best Director and Best Actress (Julia Jentsch). It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days
SophieScholl
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarc Rothemund
Produced by
Written byFred Breinersdorfer
Starring
Music by
CinematographyMartin Langer
Edited byHans Funck
Distributed by
Release date
  • 13 February 2005 (Berlinale)
  • 24 February 2005 (Germany)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman
Box officeUS$13.9 million[1]

Plot

In wartime Munich, Sophie Scholl joins members of the White Rose student organization, including Sophie's brother Hans, who are preparing copies of their sixth leaflet. They have mimeographed more than they can distribute through the mail. Hans proposes distributing the extras at university the next day; despite Willi arguing that the risks are unacceptable, Hans says that he will take full responsibility, and Sophie volunteers to assist. The next day, at the main building of Munich University where classes are in session, Hans and Sophie set about putting down stacks of leaflets near the doors of lecture rooms. With only minutes left until the period ends, Sophie runs to the top floor, where she impulsively pushes a stack of leaflets over the edge of the balustrade. A janitor who saw Sophie scatter the leaflets detains the pair until police arrive and arrest them.

The siblings are taken to the Munich Stadelheim Prison, where Sophie is interrogated by Gestapo investigator Robert Mohr. Claiming initially to be apolitical, she presents an alibi: she and her brother had nothing to do with the fliers; she noticed them in the hall and pushed a stack off the railing because it is in her nature to play pranks; and she had an empty suitcase because she was going to visit her parents in Ulm and planned to bring back some clothes. She is dismissed, but as her release form is about to be approved, though, the order comes to not let her go. She is placed in a prison cell with fellow prisoner Else Gebel.

The investigation has found incontrovertible evidence that Sophie and Hans were indeed responsible for the distribution of anti-Nazi leaflets. Sophie concedes her involvement (as has Hans) but, determined to protect the others, steadfastly maintains that the production and distribution of thousands of copies of leaflets in cities throughout the region were entirely the work of Hans and herself. Mohr admonishes her to support the laws that preserve order in a society that has funded her education; Scholl counters that before 1933 the laws preserved the right of free speech, and describes atrocities committed by the Nazis, both ones she has seen and ones she has heard of.

Sophie, her brother and a married friend with three young children, Christoph Probst, are charged with treason, troop demoralization and abetting the enemy. In the subsequent show trial, Probst is the first to be examined by President of the People's Court Roland Freisler, whose prosecutorial zeal makes the nominal prosecutor superfluous. Freisler contemptuously dismisses Probst's appeals to spare his life so that his children can have a father. Hans maintains his composure in the face of Freisler's increasingly impatient questioning. Declining to answer only what he is asked, he argues that the defeat of the Nazi state has been made inevitable by the Allies; all Hitler can do is prolong the war. In her own examination, Sophie declares that many people agree with what she and her group have said and written, but they dare not express such thoughts. Freisler pronounces the three defendants guilty and calls on each to make a brief final statement. Sophie tells the court that "where we stand today, you [Freisler] will stand soon." All are sentenced to death.

Sophie, who had been told that everyone had 99 days after conviction before they were executed, learns that she is to be executed that day. After a visit by her parents, who express their approval of what she has done, Mohr comes to the prison and sadly watches Sophie taken away. Soon after, she is led into a cell where Christoph Probst and Hans await. Probst remarks that what they did was not in vain. As Sophie is led into a courtyard, she says, "The sun is still shining". She is brought to the execution chamber and placed in a guillotine. The blade falls and the picture goes black. Hans exclaims "Es lebe die Freiheit!" ("Long live Freedom!") before the blade falls again. Probst is brought in next before the blade falls once more.

In the closing shot, thousands of leaflets fall from the sky over Munich. A title explains that copies of the White Rose manifesto were smuggled to the Allies, who printed millions of copies of the "Manifesto of the Students of Munich" that were subsequently dropped on German cities.

Cast

Actor Role
Julia Jentsch Sophia Magdalena 'Sophie' Scholl
Fabian Hinrichs Hans Fritz Scholl
Alexander Held Robert Mohr
Johanna Gastdorf Else Gebel
André Hennicke Dr. Roland Freisler
Florian Stetter Christoph Hermann Probst
Maximilian Brückner Willi Graf
Johannes Suhm Alexander Schmorell
Lilli Jung Gisela Schertling
Petra Kelling Magdalena Scholl
Jörg Hube Robert Scholl
Franz Staber Werner Scholl

Awards and recognition

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2006)". The Numbers. Retrieved 2 August 2011.

External links

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André Hennicke

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Christoph H. Müller (born 1967), musician and composer born in Germany and raised in Switzerland

Christoph Müller (diplomat) (born 1950), German diplomat

Christoph Müller (producer) (born 1964), the producer of Sophie Scholl – The Final Days and Young Goethe in Love

Christoph Gottlob Müller (1785–1858), founder of the Wesleyan Church in Germany

Die Weiße Rose (film)

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Hinrichs has also been a member of the German Film Academy and the European Film Academy. From 2000 to 2006, he was a member of the Volksbühne Berlin ensemble.

Fred Breinersdorfer

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Hans Funck

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10 Sekunden, 2008

2030 – Aufstand der Alten, 2007

2030 – Aufstand der Jungen, 2010

3 Engel für Ali, 2003

Ab Morgen, 2011, a short film

Abschied von gestern, 1966

Absolute Giganten (Gigantic), 1999

Advertising Rules! (Viktor Vogel – Commercial Man), 2001

Agnes and His Brothers (Agnes und seine Brüder), 2004

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes), 1972

Aimée and Jaguar (Aimée und Jaguar), 1999

The American Friend (Der amerikanische Freund), 1977

Der amerikanische Soldat, 1970

Anatomy, 2000

The Baader Meinhof Complex, 2008

Barfuss, 2005

Berlin Blues (Herr Lehmann), 2003

Der bewegte Mann (Maybe, Maybe Not), 1994

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant), 1972

The Blindflyers (Die Blindgänger), 2004

The Blue Light (Das Blaue Licht), 1932

Blueprint, 2003

Das Boot, 1981 (150 minutes; Director's Cut of 1997: 208 minutes)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari), 1920

Coming Home (Mein Vater), 2003

Coming Out, 1989

Christiane F. (Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo), 1981

Day 26 (Tag 26), 2002, a short film

Deutschland im Jahre Null, 1948

Distant Lights (Lichter), 2003

Doctor Praetorius (Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius), 1950

Downfall (Der Untergang)

The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei)

Elementarteilchen (Atomized)

En Route (Unterwegs)

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)

Enlightenment Guaranteed (Erleuchtung garantiert, 2000)

Das Erdbeben in Chili, 1975

Europa, 1991

Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen, 1970)

Das Experiment, 2001

Felidae, 1994

Fack ju Göhte, 2013

Fack ju Göhte 2, 2015

Faust (Faust – eine deutsche Volkssage), 1926

Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf), 1974

Das Fest des Huhnes (Festival of the Chicken), 1992

Fitzcarraldo, 1982

Flügel und Fesseln, 1984

Football Under Cover, 2008

Four for Venice (2 Männer, 2 Frauen - 4 Probleme!?)

Germany, Pale Mother (Deutschland bleiche Mutter, 1980)

Getting My Brother Laid (Mein Bruder, der Vampir)

Go for Zucker! (Alles auf Zucker!)

The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty, 1972

Good Bye Lenin!

Götter der Pest, 1970

Grave Decisions (Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot), 2006

Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7, 1944

Harte Jungs, 2000

Head-On (Gegen die Wand)

Heart of Glass

Heaven, 2002

Heimat (Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik), 1984;

Leaving Home (Die Zweite Heimat - Chronik einer Jugend), 1992;

Heimat 3 - Chronik einer Zeitenwende, 2004

Heller Wahn, 1983

Hippie Masala, 2006

Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland, 1977

Hundstage, 2001

If It Don't Fit, Use a Bigger Hammer, 2002

Im toten Winkel

In July (Im Juli, 2000)

In Diesem Moment (Im Dec, 2013)

Journey Into Bliss

Der junge Törless

Katze im Sack

Katzelmacher, 1969

Klassenverhältnisse

Kleinruppin forever, 2004

Lammbock 2001

The Legend of Paul and Paula (Die Legende von Paul und Paula)

Lessons of Darkness (Lektionen in Finsternis, 1992)

The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)

Liebe ist kälter als der Tod, 1969

Life is All You Get (Das Leben ist eine Baustelle, 1997)

Lola, 1981

Love in Thoughts (Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken)

Lulu, 1962

M, 1931

The Man (Der Typ)

Men Like Us (Männer wie wir)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun)

Mein Herz – niemandem!, 1997

Mephisto, 1981

The Miracle of Bern (Das Wunder von Bern)

Mostly Martha (Bella Marta)

The Net (Das Netz)

Netto

Nightsongs (Die Nacht singt ihre Lieder)

No Mercy, No Future (Die Berührte), 1981

Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika)

Oi! Warning, 1999

Pappa ante Portas, 1991

The Princess and the Warrior (Der Krieger und die Kaiserin)

Das Versprechen, 1995

The Red Jacket (Die rote Jacke)

Razzia in Sankt Pauli, 1932

Roma città aperta, 1945

Rosa Luxemburg, 1986

Rosenstrasse

Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)

Die Scheinheiligen

Das schreckliche Mädchen (The Nasty Girl) 1989

Schultze Gets the Blues

Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks, 1979

Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss, 1982

Sonnenallee

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage)

The Sons of the Great Mother Bear (Die Söhne der großen Bärin)

Soul Kitchen 2009

Stroszek

Summer Storm (Sommersturm, 2004)

The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel, 1979)

The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation, 1979)

This Very Moment (Milchwald)

Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens), 1935

Tornado (2007)

Unsichtbare Gegner, 1977

Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand, 1975

Verfolgt, 2006

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte, 1971

Die Welle (The Wave), 2008

What To Do In Case Of Fire (Was Tun, Wenn's Brennt)

When We Leave (Die Fremde, 2010)

Das wilde Leben

Who Am I – No System Is Safe (Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher, 2014)

Wings of Desire (Himmel über Berlin)

Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages, 1978

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