Varian's War

ISBN 13: 9781931669221

Varian's War

 
9781931669221: Varian's War

Varian Fry, an American journalist, anticipated the Nazi threat and designed an underground network enabling influential cultural figures to escape certain death. Starring William Hurt, Julia Ormond, and Lynn Redgrave. 2 hours on 1 cassette or 1 DVD.

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While in Berlin in 1938, Varian Fry (William Hurt) witnesses firsthand the brutality of the Nazis as they assault Jews in the streets. Upon returning to America, he launches an effort to save artists and intellectuals whom the Nazis have designated as "degenerate." Varian's War follows Fry as he learns to navigate his way through the bureaucracies of France--which, even in its unoccupied half, was still under the watchful eye of the Gestapo. In his role as a highbrow Oskar Schindler, Fry rescued such artists and writers as Marc Chagall and Franz Werfel. Hurt, as always, gives an intelligent and subtle performance, ably assisted by Julia Ormond as an American expatriate who helps Fry set up his underground railroad. Also featuring Alan Arkin, Maury Chaykin, and Lynn Redgrave. --Bret Fetzer

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