Michael Frayn's Copenhagen explores one of modern history’s most intriguing mysteries: why did Werner Heisenberg—the physicist leading the Nazi nuclear project—visit his former mentor Niels Bohr—a Jewish physicist with Allied-ties—with whom he was bitterly feuding, in occupied Copenhagen at the height of World War II?
The historical Heisenberg and Bohr both acknowledge that the visit was brief and disastrous; the former friends walked away furious, their resentment renewed, determined never to speak again. But their recollections of the precise content of the conversation, which we know concerned the German and Allied efforts to build the bomb, differ significantly—in some cases, irreconcilably.
So, averse to loose ends, the spirits of Heisenberg, Bohr, and Bohr's wife Margrethe meet in the afterlife to hash out the truth. Struggling against the forces of regret, denial, self-delusion, and forgetfulness, they reanimate the past in the hazy and mercurial realm of memory, where uncertainty reigns.
Directed by Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn ‘19
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