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The Substance of Fire (1996)

 -  Drama  -  14 March 1997 (USA)
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Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no ... See full summary »

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Aaron Geldhart
Benjamin Ungar ...
Young Isaac Geldhart
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Martin Geldhart
Tom McDermott ...
Old Printer
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George Morfogen ...
Otto the printer
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Isaac Geldhart
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Cora Cahn
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Mr. Otani jr
Edmund Ikeda ...
Mr. Otani sr
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Miss Barzakian
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Val Chenard
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Gene Byck
Ronny Graham ...
Louis Foukold
John Sullivan ...
Stewart
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Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the company, grows frustrated with Isaac's emotional decline and attempts to take over the firm. The resulting crisis involves Isaac's other two children, his daughter Sarah and his dying son Martin. Written by Jesse Garon <grifter@primenet.com>

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Doing What Is Right... Could Cost Him Everything.

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$56,221 (USA) (14 March 1997)

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$56,221 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Martin Geldheart: What is the one thing that landscape architecture requires?
Student: A social motif.
Martin Geldheart: Right.
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A substance of understanding.
7 July 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I found this film quite flawed on the grounds of story and acting. The story is rather slow, without any definite direction and it ended abruptly before some of the main characters begin to develop. Apart from Ron Rifkin and a bit from Sarah Jeassica Parker, the overall acting is below the level one expects from such type of films.

The primary reason to like this film is that it's honest and it's original. One can see that the filmmakers are really passionate about the subject it's based upon, I don't know, maybe from personal experiences. Its structure and style are quite original and don't have any clichés. Even the ending, though abrupt, is heartfelt if the viewer cares to understand the film's statement.


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