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Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie" Not Banned in Germany

Posted: June 29th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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We previously reported that some German officials were looking to ban Bryan Singer's World War II drama "Valkyrie" from shooting at government locations, due to Tom Cruise's ties to Scientology. (read more) Now, the project is getting plenty of support from the local film industry and looks likely to get the greenlight from authorities to film at historical sites here.

In the film, penned by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander, Cruise is set to play German officer Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a national hero who was executed in 1944 for attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler in a plot code-named Valkyrie.

The courtyard in which Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators were shot is now a memorial, but the building in which it's located, the Bendlerblock, also houses part of the German Ministry of Defense.

That, and not Cruise's affiliation to Scientology, poses the main hurdle to a film permit for Singer and his crew, according to Dirk Kuehnau, head of the Bundesanstalt fuer Immobilienaufgaben (BIMA), the company in charge of government buildings.

"In this country, we have constitutionally guaranteed rights," Kuehnau said. "Articles four and five of the constitution protect freedom of faith and creed and freedom of expression. I don't think those rights would be denied a film actor."

Click here to read more about "Valkyrie."

Source: Variety


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Janus writes:
on June 29th, 2007 at 6:44:40 AM

Not the actor is obviously denied, it is the institution he stand for. In Germany (politicians!) Scientology is believed to be a commercial enterprise who build up a sect around themselves ... and this sect is (for years already) declared dangerous. Cruise playing a national hero and being an outstanding member of the instition is the problem. German politicians and the Stauffenberg family don't want a sect member to play an important historical figure. Stauffenberg and also the the Scholl siblings stand for the resistance against Hitler. They failed and had to die but that makes them to heroes of a democratic Germany. A sect undermines democracy. I believe that is the reason German politicians.

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