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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)
Marius Franken
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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The true story of Hiram Bingham IV who rescued Marc Chagall from Vichy France.
17 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have awarded this film a ten, because a few months ago, the

Secretary of State, Colin Powell, gave a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" to Hiram (or Harry) Bingham, IV

recognizing that he issued 2500 visas against the wishes of the

State Department and President Roosevelt. The people he saved

included the artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst and the family of

the writer Thomas Mann.

Bingham's father (on whom the fictional character Indiana Jones

was based) was the archeologist who unearthed the Inca city of

Machu Picchu, Peru in 1911.

He has now been honored by many groups and organizations

including the United Nations and the State of Israel.

The TV film Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985) is a great

companion piece. Bingham passed away in 1988 practically

penniless, and the circumstances of Wallenberg's death remain a


It is truly a tragedy that the great principled human beings are

recognized after their passing. But the film industry does do the

world a service when it brings important history to the attention of

those who would ever have known.

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