Blood Money

The Counterfeiters may be a Holocaust movie by virtue of its setting and plot, but it actually reads as a morality tale that is truly food for thought in this age of twisted ethics and "every man for himself"-style schadenfreude. The film features a group of miscreants in a concentration camp forced to work toward the perfect replication of the American dollar and British pound. The men are actually quite favored by their Nazi captors, who recognize that their talents are one in a million, but are forced to live a painful paradox as they are afforded a number of luxuries within their prison camp while those around them are being abused, overworked and even killed on a daily basis. At what point do they become complicit in that, particularly by doing work that benefits the Nazis financially? Is it morally wrong for them to produce counterfeit money if that's what is keeping them alive? Is this Sophie's Choice with money? Maybe. But it's also this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, and it's worth checking out at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., as part of the Magnolia at the Modern Series. Tickets are $8.50 and showtimes are at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit
Fri., March 21, 6 & 8 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 5 p.m.; Sun., March 23, 2 & 4 p.m., 2008
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