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Varian's War (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, War  |  22 April 2001 (USA)
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Varian Fry rescues more than 2,000 artists from Nazi persecution during World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Davenport
Colonel Joubert (as Remy Girard)
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Gloria Carlin ...
Bella Chagall
Joel Miller ...
John Dunn-Hill ...
Harry Bingham
Dorothée Berryman ...
Mme Fanny
Howard Ryshpan ...
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After witnessing the treatment of Jews in Nazi territory made him physically sick, cultured American gentleman Varian Fry starts en emergency rescue commission to raise funds and lobby to help intellectuals and artists, especially Jews, escape from Vichy France -where the Pétain government avoid occupation only by utter collaboration- to the US, and for lack of a better volunteer personally sets out in search of them. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt personally overcomes the reticence of the State Department. In Marseille he finds the people he specifically looked for, such as Marc Chagall, already housed by Harry Bingham, a Jewish US consulate official so he starts screening less obvious candidates and examines with Miriam Davenport and a German social democrat they pass for US clergyman Beamish how some can be rescued legally, others via a clandestine route, while colonel Joubert's State Police is at their trace... Written by KGF Vissers

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He changed the world forever. One person at a time. The true story of the American Schindler.


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Au service de la liberté  »

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Saving civilization's soul
23 April 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

In the midst of the Nazi madness when goons hunted down artists, thinkers, and other "misfits" or "queer ducks," Varian Fry was a man who decided to prevent the intellectual and artistic soul of civilization from going into a new dark age. He rescued people who would have otherwise been sacrificed to neutrality as well as to madness.

This is an excellent TV-film that is a memorial to the people who fought against fascism before the armies ever mobilized. The mind is mightier than the explosive and the bullet.

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