Varian's War


2h 2001

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

Film Details

Also Known As
Varian Fry, Varian's War: A Forgotten Hero
Release Date
2001
Location
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

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 some of the most influential cultural figures of our age -- artists, writers and scientists. Fry travels to Berlin as a jounalist in the 1930's, and is sickened by the atrocities he witnesses against the Jewish community during the street progroms. He becomes driven to fight against the Nazi brutality, recognizing that action must be taken if Jews, artists, intellectuals and their heritage -- what he calls "the soul of Europe" -- are to be preserved.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 the refuge

Crew

Chris Allies

Titles

Francois Allord

Electrician

Tony Anscombe

Other

Francois Archambault

Steadicam Operator

Lionel Auffert

Other

Victor August

Negative Cutting

Lise Beauchamp

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jocelyn Beaulac

Dolly Grip

Annie Beaulieu

Art Department

Andre Bedord

Other

Luce Belonger

Technical Director

Alban Berg

Other

Annabelle Berkoni

Assistant Director

Ginette Blain

Negative Cutting

Francois Blanchard

Other

Maggie Blezile

Accounting Assistant

Jesabelle Boileau

Craft Service

Sylvie Boily

Production Coordinator

Marc Bonin

Art Director

Diane Boucher

Adr Editor

Genevieve Boudreault

Other

Patrick Bouliane

Other

Renee Boulois

Other

Marie-angele Breitner-protot

Makeup Artist

Rene Brisson

Production Assistant

Jean-paul Brunet

Production Assistant

Pierre Brunet

Location Manager

Stephane Brunette

Props Assistant

Patrice Bujold

Production Assistant

Peter Burgis

Foley Artist

Frances Calder

Set Decorator

Nicholas Campeau

Other

Donald Caroll

Researcher

Claudine Carpentier

Other

Simon Carriere

Production Assistant

Angela Carsley

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Claudette Casovant

Makeup Artist

Denis Casper

Scenic Artist

Caterina Chamberland

Assistant Costume Designer

Simon Chamberland

Property Master

Claudette Champagne

Negative Cutting

Christiane Charpentier

Other

Julie Chenard

Wardrobe

Lionel Chetwynd

Screenplay

Lionel Chetwynd

Producer

Franck Choumonet

Electrician

Mike Chute

Stunt Man

Fabrice Collegher

Props Assistant

Bertrand Colmeau

Production Assistant

Ed Colyer

Foley Recordist

Cis Corman

Executive Producer

Melanie Cote

Assistant Location Manager

Vitol Cote

Sound Editor

Manon Cousin

Production Assistant

Lilie-marlene Couture

Stand-In

Patrice Dagenais

Key Grip

Karl Darriveau

Production Assistant

Michael Deakin

Producer

Sebastian Defontenoy

Other

Louis Delaney

Other

Beatrice Delompes

Makeup Assistant

Andie Derrick

Foley Artist

Jean-francois Desjordins

Art Department

Jean Desmorkeau

Other

Marc Desourdy

Stunt Coordinator

Walter Diaz

Driver

Sandra Digiocchino

Hair Assistant

Jim Disensi

Transportation Coordinator

Jean-yves Dolber

Unit Manager

Claude Dolloire

Assistant Director

Lorne Dosogne

Driver

Herve Drouelle

Production Assistant

Mathieu-felix Drouin

Apprentice

Jean-claude Dube

Other

Pierre Duceppe

Other

Valery Dufort-boucher

Sound Editor

Sylvoine Duloux

Camera Operator

Marie-josee Dumont

Wardrobe

Aleck Duncan

Driver

Bertrand Dupuis

Grip

Raymond Dupuis

Production Designer

Emilie Dussault

Assistant

Marie-claire Emond

Art Department

Gary Evans

Post-Production Supervisor

Michael Farrugello

Other

Steve Felton

Other

Maxime Ferland

Boom Operator

Gavin Fernandes

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Yves Fontigny

Grip

Eric Fortin

Other

Susan French

Assistant Sound Editor

Janel Furoy

Camera Trainee

Robin Gary

Assistant

Cotou Gelinos

Dresser

John Gendron

Driver

Stephen Gilbert

Other

Pierre Girard

Driver

Poule Girordin

Other

Nicolas Godbout

Props Assistant

Luc Gognier

Other

Massimo Gollizzi

Electrician

Nathalie Goron

Hair Assistant

Francois Gosselin

Other

Mireille Goulet

Assistant Director

Francine Gouthier

Other

Christian Gravel

Assistant Editor

Johanne Gravel

Makeup Artist

Marie-maude Grenier

Dresser

Gary Grey

Other

Paul Grovel

Camera

David Hall

Assistant

Henri Harmond

Production Assistant

Claude Hazanavicius

Sound Recordist

Oliver Hogue

Other

Jamie Hopkins

Music Arranger

Volerie Houle

Apprentice

Ken Hudold

Consultant

Daniel Jacob

Hair Assistant

Daniel Jobin

Director Of Photography

Krista Joppel

Dialect Coach

Patrick Kerton

Stunts

France Lachapelle

Script Supervisor

Terry Lacombe

Grip

Roger Lacroix

Wardrobe

Helene Lafrance

Art Department Coordinator

Judith Lagace

Assistant Camera Operator

Martin Lamarche

Gaffer

Michel Landry

Other

Michel Langevin

Art Director

Martin Lapointe

Hairdresser

Pierre Lapointe

Unit Manager Assistant

Etienne Lapointe-proulx

Props

Gerard Laret

Assistant Sound Editor

Pierre-yves Larouche

Electrician

Lorraine Lecompte

Hair Assistant

Louis Legoult

Production Assistant

Guy Lemieux

Art Department

Denis Lemire

Other

Auree Lepoge Tommi

Assistant Director

Jacques Lerolde

Foley Editor

Nartine Leveille

Hairdresser

Nathalie Levosseur

Wardrobe

Glendon Light

Other

Dione Linn

Adr

Anne-marie Longevin

Wardrobe Supervisor

Sylvie Lourin

Production Auditor

Danny Lovoie

Art Department

Glenn Marley

Music Conductor

Richard Marson

Driver

Nicoletta Massone

Costume Designer

Alice Mayeaux

Art Department

David Mckeown

Stunts

Brian A Mcleod

Other

Julie Measroch

Art Department

Marie-helene Menard

Dresser

Francois Messier

Production Assistant

Annie Michoud

Production Assistant

Colin Miller

Sound Design

Nadia Miller

Casting

Vera Miller

Casting

Monon Miserony

Hair Assistant

Frederic Morin

Wardrobe

Veronique Mosse

Art Department

Serge Nodon

Other

Charles Obrul

Other

Michael Ohayon

Electrician

Johanne Paiement

Hair Stylist

Denis Papillon

Editor

Camille Parent

Set Decorator

Louis-martin Parodis

Assistant Editor

Michel Perreoult

Other

Marc Perron

Production Assistant

Marjolaine Perron

Accounting Assistant

Madeleine Perros

Art Department

Louis Pharand

Stunts

Christian Pincoult

Production Assistant

Pascal Pleau

Production Assistant

Eric Poirier

Art Department

Corinne Poizat

Hair Assistant

Amelie Ponette

Other

Charles Proulx

Generator Operator

Julie-anne Proulx

Props

Christine Provoz

Other

Charlies Radford

Stand-In

Brigitte Renoud

Production Assistant

Jean Clement Renoud

Production Assistant

Debs Richardson

Post-Production Assistant

Tina Rizzi

Hair Assistant

Benoit Robert

Other

Benoit Robitoille

Other

Stephen Robitoille

Other

Daniele Rohrbach

Line Producer

Andree Roy

Production Assistant

Martin Roy

Production Assistant

Bruno Ruffalo

Adr

Howard Samuelson

Dialect Coach

Michel Savoie

Wardrobe

Francois Schnupp

Production Assistant

Tokoshi Seido

Photography

Francois Senecol

Set Decorator

Film Details

Also Known As
Varian Fry, Varian's War: A Forgotten Hero
Release Date
2001
Location
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States April 22, 2001

Previous title: "Varian Fry."

Began shooting May 3, 2000.

Completed shooting June 12, 2000.