Playing for Time ()

directed by Daniel Mann
featuring Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Shirley Knight, Marta Heflin, Maud Adams

Show Synopsis

The made-for-television Playing for Time debuted on September 30, 1980. Vanessa Redgrave stars as Fania Fenelon, a Jewish cabaret singer working in Paris at the time of the Nazi invasion. Shipped to the Auschwitz death camp in 1944, Fenelon is certain that she is as doomed as all the other prisoners. But SS camp matron Shirley Knight has other plans: she orders Fenelon and several other female inmates with musical ability to form themselves into a prisoner's orchestra. They are to perform for the benefit of those who are ...


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Apr 26, 2012

Not to be missed!

This classic is one of the first and absolutely one of the best films focusing on women prisoners during the dark time period of Nazi Germany. How women lived, died and for a few, survived are stories that need to be told. And when you add the element of musicians, this story takes on a sensitive, creative, and fierce portrayal of a woman's spirit.

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