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Title Fighter / First Run Features ; a presentation of Next Wave Films ; directed by Amir Bar-Lev ; produced by Amir Bar-Lev, Jonathan Crosby, Alex Mamlet.

Published [S.I.] : Amir Bar-Lev ; New York, NY : Distributed by First Run Features, [2000]


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Physical description 1 videodisc (86 minutes) : sound, colour with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Credits Cinematography, David Collier, Gary Griffin, Jay Danner McDonald, Justin Schein ; editor, Amir Bar-Lev ; executive producer, Peter Broderick ; music supervision, Jeff Daniel, Gillian Morris ; consultants, Pavel Štingl, Vojta Jasný, Jan Nĕmec, Michal Votruba, Benjamin Frommer ; translation, Sabine Benning, Giulia D'Alo, Ian P. Pollock, Ludmila Janáčková, Lucie Misíkovà, Petra Šafářova, Colette Sandstedt, Michal Votruba, Don Whittemore, Andy Abrahams Wilson.
Contents Meet Jan and Arnošt -- Was she really a nun? -- Munich pact -- Four pairs of shoes -- I came to kill you -- Momentary enemy -- Communist prisoner -- Walk with Arnošt -- City for the Jews -- Suicide -- My god, what a nation -- Under the train -- Don't say it's a cop out -- Johnny from America -- Argument -- Hero of our time -- End credits.
Notes Special features: Bonus footage (21 min.); Commentary with Amir Bar-Lev, Jonathan Crosby and Alex Mamlet [audio feature]; Photo gallery [slide show]; Trailer gallery (6 min.); First Run Features [text feature].
Performers Jan Wiener, Arnos̆t Lustig.
Audience MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Summary "Jan Wiener, 77, professor and wilderness guide. Arnošt Lustig, 72, professor and author. Jan Wiener escaped from Nazi occupied Prague at the age of 19, beginning a six-year exodus through Yugoslavia and Italy. He ended the war as a flyer for the Royal Air Force in England. Arnošt Lustig spent his adolescence in Nazi concentration camps. He survived to become an acclaimed Czech novelist, screenwriter and journalist. Jan and Arnošt left Czechoslovakia as exiles from the Communist regime. They met in the U.S. in 1978, and their mutual background inspired a close friendship. In the summer of 1998, we accompanied Jan as he retraced the steps of his escape through Europe. Arnošt, long interested in writing a story based on Jan's life, was invited to join us on the journey."--Title screens. Despite similar European Jewish backgrounds, one is a fighter and the other a philosopher, and well into the journey, the duality of their memories sparks a fight that threatens their friendship. Each has notions of the past that are as opposed as their temperaments, and it seems that for those who survived the war, it may not ever be over. By juxtaposing two extraordinary personal histories, the film ponders unanswerable questions about memory, imagination, history, and that elusive thing called truth.
System notes DVD.
Language notes In English, with some sequences in Czech, German, and Italian with English subtitles.
Notes Winner, 2000 Hamptons International Film Festival Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature Film/Video--Amir Bar-Lev; Newport International Film Festival Jury Award, Best Documentary--Amir Bar-Lev.
Other author Lustig, Arnošt, narrator, speaker.
Wiener, Jan G., 1920-2010, narrator, speaker.
Bar-Lev, Amir, director, producer.
Crosby, Jonathan, producer.
Mamlet, Alex, producer.
Griffin, Gary Keith.
Schein, Justin.
Broderick, Peter.
Next Wave Films.
First-Run Features (Firm)
Subject Wiener, Jan G., 1920-2010.
Lustig, Arnošt.
Oral history.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Jewish.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Czechoslovakia.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Czechoslovakia.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia -- History -- 1938-1945.
Czechoslovakia -- History -- 20th century.
Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Personal narratives -- Jewish.
Standard Number 720229910316
Publisher Number FRF 910316D First Run Features