While various pics of Valkyrie’s one-eyed Tom (as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg) made their way to public consumption and consternation, United Artists was been tenderly massaging the will of the German government to allow shooting in the infamous Bendlerblock courtyard- the spot the Hitler assassination conspiracy began and ultimately ended. Apparently, authenticity and cultural understanding goes a long, long way as
For the uninitiated, Bendlerblock is a non-descript building in
United Artists had been requesting access for a couple months, but was sausage-blocked by governmental worries that shooting a movie would tarnish Bendlerblocks’ dignity… as opposed to, you know, the place being known for a bunch of guys lined up in a courtyard and shot dead.
Enter Producer and Bryan Singer pal Christopher McQuarrie, who used his skills of penmanship to sway the Ministry of Defense with noble appeals about democracy’s ultimate triumph in giving Nazi barbarism a righteous taste of the Shocker. Now that misconceptions of connecting modern day Germany to Nazism is retired, the Valkyrie project can proceed with shooting at the historic location– sans swastikas and Nazi flags (they’re illegal in Germany, dontcha know).
I’d imagine this will lead the way to a shot ala Flags of our Fathers and Saving Private Ryan openings of modern day memorials, which are fast becoming genre staples. And really, if Valkyrie can equally deliver, that’s just fine.