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PLAYING FOR TIME (Region 2) Vanessa Redgrave


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  • Format: Import
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BWXISI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spanish official release DVD Import. Audio: Dolby Digital English and Spanish (you can chose the language) with removable Spanish Subtitles. Region 2 PAL. Spanish writing in the covers and menus.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 April 2012
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Vanessa Redgrave plays Fania Fenelon, a well known French cabaret singer and resistance worker who has been transported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. There she is spared the worst consequence of selection when most women and children were immediately taken to the gas chambers. After having her hair brutally shaved off she volunteers to play in the camp's orchestra that entertains Nazi officials and guards and they also play in the open air as long lines of Jews file passed them every day on their way to be gassed.

The conductor of the orchestra (played by Jean Alexander) is a true professional and a perfectionist but she also knows that the orchestra must constantly keep up a very high musical standard if it is to please the Nazis and by doing this they also manage to survive.

Redgrave and Alexander are superb in their roles as two women fighting to stay alive in appalling circumstances and trying desperately to maintain their humanity whilst being subjected to constant hunger, brutal treatment and humiliation and the ever present danger of being selected for the gas chamber.

The reconstruction of Auschwitz is as convincing as it could be in the circumstances and the film tries hard to convey the kind of conditions the camp inmates had to endure under the shadow of gas chambers whose chimneys belch out thick black smoke day and night as thousands of Jews are gassed and their remains are burnt in the crematoria.

There is no way that any film can accurately show what it must have been like to be in Auschwitz but Playing for Time makes a creditable attempt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olga Brodzinska on 26 Mar. 2013
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I would recommend this product for everybody who wants to know what human being actually means and how high quality art looks like
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lara on 25 July 2013
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Film was made for TV (maybe that is the reason that most actors / actresses do not mention it in their vita). I loved Shirley Night playing Mandl.

Redgrave was not much liked by memebrs of the orchestra (also Fenelon) and Jewisch organisations as she was known for her pro-Palestinian attitude.
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