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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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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
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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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Amarga Sinfonia de Auschwitz  »

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Barbra Streisand was originally offered the role of Fania Fenelon. Streisand resembles the real Fenelon much more than Vanessa Redgrave, who ultimately took the part. See more »

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At the end of the film Auschwitz is liberated by British troops. It was liberated by troops under Marshal Koniev of the 1st Ukrainian Front, Red Army. See more »

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Referenced in Paradise Road (1997) See more »

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superb performance by Vanessa Redgrave
2 February 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Playing for Time deserved theatrical release, but as TV fare, perhaps among the finest, ranking up there with The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Being a Jew, I received a lot of flak for applauding Vanessa Redgrave's magnificent performance, but one needs to separate the art from the politics. While physically Ms. Redgrave does not at all resemble the real Fanelon, one can't help feeling that she captured the role. My only criticism is the newswreel type footage used to depict the moving trains. First rate movie


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