The Counterfeiters


If you would actually like to see a good movie while getting your daily dose of nudity, here's your opportunity, provided you don't mind reading subtitles. This Austrian film, under the original German title of Die Fälscher, received this year's Oscar for "Best Foreign-Language Film" and is rated 7.7 at IMDb.

This is the more-or-less true story of a Nazi counterfeiting ring which was intended to disrupt the economies of Britain and the USA by destabilizing their currencies with massive amounts of counterfeit money.  Salomon Smolinoff was a master forger, a career criminal notorious throughout Europe, who was in a German prison for various acts of fraud when WW2 began. During the war he was transferred to a concentration camp where he was made the team captain of more than a hundred inmates who were chosen for the skills necessary to produce vast quantities of perfect forged banknotes.

The film's fictional version of Smolinoff is called Sali Sorowitsch. Sali, true to his real-life counterpart, is such a perfectionist that he cannot understand why any of the other prisoners would undermine his efforts to duplicate the allied currency. The rest of the forgery team is torn by matters of conscience. On the one hand, they take pride in their work, and their project earns them a comfortable life away from the other prisoners, who are starving and abused. On the other hand, their success could prolong the war, and they are racked with guilt about the fact that some of their own families are among the prison's less fortunate inmates. The various sub-plots and complications include: (1) the relationship between Sali and the police inspector who arrested him before the war, and who is now a Nazi in charge of Sali's group in the concentration camp; (2) the relationship between the pragmatic Sali and conscience-torn Adolf Burger, a member of the forgery team who is deliberately trying to sabotage the group's efforts.

Despite Burger's pleadings, the team quickly manages to create perfect British currency and has just mastered US currency when the German guards abandon the camp because the allies are drawing near. With the Nazis gone, new issues come into focus. As the camp descends into chaos, how will the other inmates respond to the privileged forgers? Who will get the perfect forgeries after the war, and what will he do with them? 

The character of Adolf Burger is 100% historical, or at least it should be, since he was the man responsible for having created the story. His book, "The Devil's Workshop," was the basis for the screenplay. Although Burger is now 89 years old, he worked with the director as an advisor on the script, then traveled with the production to advise on the set. You can't assume that you know every last historical detail from having seen the film because the scriptwriter employed his dramatic license to make Burger's story more cinematic. This film is a self-contained story first, not a history lesson. Burger himself was amazed to see two sex scenes added to his story, but those are not the only fictional elements. The ultimate disposition of the counterfeits, for example, has been altered in order to affect a more intriguing post-war conclusion. In real life the bills created by the inmates, including some 134 million pounds sterling, are believed to have been sunk in Austria's Lake Toplitz, or at least that was the official story, but the film's script allowed some of the ersatz money to survive in order to provide additional character development for Sali. Although certain elements of Adolf Burger's story have been compacted and/or romanticized to cobble a more cinematic storyline, the vital core of the film's history is accurate. The essential facts and the actual moral conflicts have been retained intact.

You might expect a film about the Holocaust to be all doom and gloom, but this film manages to add entertainment and excitement and even some comedy to the mix without trivializing the surrounding tragedy, because that's the way it really was. In the middle of a death camp, a guilt-ravaged Adolf Burger played ping-pong with SS officers while his fellow Jews starved to death a few hundred feet away.

And he lived to tell that story. A very good one.



Further reading on the historical backdrop:

(1) Salomon Smolinoff and the secret Nazi counterfeiting ring. (Includes the full deposition provided by Smolinoff to Allied interrogators.)

(2) How the secret counterfeiting ring saved the life of a book printer named Adolf Burger




The nudity:

It's actually quite light on the nudity:

  • Marie Baeumer. Two good rear views, but she never turned around.
  • Dolores Chaplin. There's no real nudity, but her undergarment is almost completely transparent. She is Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter (and Eugene O'Neill's great-granddaughter), but her acting career has never taken off, despite a decade and a half of effort. Her character in this film is "girl in casino."






  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Before her demise she hooks up for some naked horseback riding along with Barbara Caron, aka Barbara Mills. Full frontal from both ladies in these caps and a clip.







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Neve Campbell







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A bunch of scans of Japanese actress, Rie Miyazawa.

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Surprise- public nudity from Bai Ling!

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