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Playing for Time (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Music  -  30 September 1980 (USA)
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Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Fania Fenelon
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Alma Rose
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Mala
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Olga
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Etalina
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Elzvieta
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Paulette
Donna Haley ...
Katrina
Lenore Harris ...
Charlotte
Mady Kaplan ...
Varya
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Michou
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Frau Schmidt
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Marianne
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
Giselle
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In World War II, the Jewish French musician and cabaret singer Fania Fenelon Goldstein is sent by the Nazis from Paris to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The guards take her clothing and luggage and they cut her hair very short. One day, when she is very weak, she hears someone asking whether any prisoner could sing Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly and she joins the group of musicians that have been spared from the gas chambers to entertain the Nazis performing music for them. She convinces the conductor Alma Rose to invite her friend Marianne, telling that she would be a talented singer. Along the years of abusive treatment, they survive but losing their dignity. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Despite controversy and attempted boycotts, the 3 hour film was the highest viewed program of the week, with 20.4million American homes watching its debut. See more »

Goofs

When the group of women are getting off the train at Auschwitz, Several Camp officers, are wearing Wehrmacht Officers hats which are clearly visible by the Crests they have on them. The SS hats have the Deaths Head (Totenkopf) symbol. No Wehrmacht Officer has ever been to known to work in any labor or death camp. Most of the regular Wehrmacht (Army) claimed to have had no knowledge about the Death Camps. See more »

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Referenced in Paradise Road (1997) See more »

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very moving human drama
15 March 2004 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews



This moving human Drama is one of the most touching movies I have ever seen.

Vanessa Redgrave is superb and strong as Fania Fénelon, a jewish singer from

France ending up in Auschwitz, and makes the role of her life.

I would say it is as important and grand as 'Schindler's List' and 'The Pianist', about the horrors of the Holocaust.

So, why is this not available on video? I've been trying for years to get hold of a copy of this moving drama.. and nobody seems to know who's holding the

copyright... It's really a shame that this classic is not available on dvd!!


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