Narrated by Charlotte Rampling
Written and Directed by Maud Guillaumin


1918 marks the end of a conflict that has killed 20 million. Who was responsible for such slaughter? All fingers point at the royals. Terrorised by the prospect of communism, Hitler and Mussolini seem to be the solution. The seeds of World War II are in place. To save their crowns, the royals must choose: resist or collaborate.

1939, World War II is underway. Hitler continues his conquests. The royals procrastinate: stay with their people or go into exile. While for some the decision is quickly made, others hesitate. Naivety, opportunism or assumed collaboration, the situation is complex.

Director and writer Maud Guillaumin
French voice over Virginie Efira
English voice over Charlotte Rampling
Images Julien Cherpion
Sound Julien Cherpion
Editing Pascal Drapier, Yohann Le Rallier
Music Les Éditions du Lagon
Producers Diane Imbault-Huart, Willy Perelsztejn
Image Editing Studio Triangle7
Experts Olivier Defrance, Chantal Kesteloot, Alain Colignon, Nathalie Six

2x 52 min – HD Video – Stereo & 5.1 – Colour and Black & White


If you live in Belgium, you can watch the series in French on the Auvio website of the RTBF at the moment:

Episode 1 : Rois, Reines et fous : le grand échiquier d’Hitler

Episode 2 : L’épreuve du feu


A production © CC&C, Les Films de la Mémoire, Création et Mémoire

A coproduction with RTBF – Unité Documentaire

With the support of : Toute l’Histoire, TV5 Québec Canada, Mediawan Rights, CNC, Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique,, Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union


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