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Varian's War

Varian's War(2001)

Also Known As: Varian Fry | Varian's War: A Forgotten Hero |

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Brief Synopsis

The story of American Varian Fry, who at great risk to his own life, traveled to Marseilles in 1940 to rescue prominent European artists as well as 2,000 others from Nazi persecution. He built, on his own and without the help of the U.S. government, an elaborate rescue network that managed to save s

Fry, who grew up in New York and was educated at Harvard, stands alone in his politically neutral homeland. Most Americans do not yet see the sweeping threat he knows exists, so he must forge his own path in accordance with his conscience. With the help of his influential friends and newly-Arrived European refugees, including novelist Thomas Mann, he forms the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC). Fry is able to raise funds for the ERC with the hopes of liberating the intellectuals of Europe from the tyranny of Nazi terror, as they are the ones who are sure to be incarcerated and, ultimately destroyed.

Varian visits First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to gain her approval for his idea and to enlist her help with the U.S. State Department to ensure that the political refugees will be granted the proper documents needed to enter the U.S legally. She warns him of the grim realities he will face in Nazi-occupied France, but Fry is determined.

Varian travels alone to Marseilles to begin the rescue mission and carries with him a list of artists who are his top priority. After he takes up residence at the Hotel Splendide, he meets Harry Bingham and his superior Jamison of the U.S. Consulate in France. The Consul shows little concern for t

Cast & Crew

William Hurt Varian Fry (Berlin)
Julia Ormond Miriam Davenport (Marseilles)
Matt Craven Beamish/Albert Hirschman (Marseilles)
Alan Arkin Freier (Marseilles)
Maury Chaykin Marcello (Marseilles)
Lynn Redgrave Alma Werfel-Mahler (Marseilles)
Susie Almgren Eileen Fry (New York)
Barry Blake Drury (New York)
Noel Burton Thompson (New York)
Emma Campbell Woman With Clifton (New York)
Ian Finlay Ballroom Man (New York)
Christopher Maccabe Ballroom Man (New York)

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