Playing For Time

Playing For Time
Type TV Movie
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr 28mins.
Keywords docudrama
Status Completed
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Vanessa Redgrave Actor Fania Fenelon 1 1000001
Jane Alexander Actor Alma Rose 1 1000002
Maud Adams Actor Mala 1 1000003
Christine Baranski Actor Olga 1 1000004
Robin Bartlett Actor Etalina 1 1000005
Marisa Berenson Actor Elzvieta 1 1000006
Verna Bloom Actor Paulette 1 1000007
Donna Haley Actor Katrina 1 1000008
Lenore Harris Actor Charlotte 1 1000009
Mady Kaplan Actor Varya 1 1000010
Will Lee Actor Shmuel 1 1000011
Anna Thompson Actor Michou 1 1000012
Viveca Lindfors Actor Frau Schmidt 1 1000013
Melanie Mayron Actor Marianne 1 1000014
Marcell Rosenblatt Actor Giselle 1 1000015
Max Wright Actor Dr Mengele 1 1000016
Shirley Knight Actor Frau Lagerfuhrerin Maria Mandel 1 1000017
Elaine Bromka Actor Tchiakowska 1 1000018
Faith Catlin Actor Liesle 1 1000019
Clarence Felder Actor Commandant Kramer 1 1000020
Marta Heflin Actor Ester 1 1000021
Martha Schlamme Actor Lady in Train 1 1000022
Rick Washburn Actor n/a 1 1000023
Daniel Mann Director n/a 2 2000001
Linda Yellen Producer n/a 3 3000001
John E Quill Producer n/a 3 3000002
Louise Ramsay Associate Producer n/a 171 3000003
Arthur Miller Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Fania Fenelon Book as Source Material n/a 120888 4000002
Arthur J Ornitz Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Jay Freund Editor n/a 172 7000001
Brad Fiedel Music n/a 120781 8000001
Norman Gold Music camp orchestral music 120781 8000002
Robert Gundlach Art Director art direction 183 9000001
Gabriel Borgo Hair hairstyles 120794 13000001
Michael Maggi Makeup n/a 353 13000002
Norman Gold Sound synthesized sound 120816 14000001
Ron Kalish Sound Mixer n/a 230 14000002
Gary Jones Other sets 120795 26000001
Multi-award winning dramatization based on the memoirs of Fania Fenelon, a French Jew who became a member of a women's orchestra inside Auschwitz, playing music for their Nazi captors as well as for fellow inmates marching to their deaths. The controversial casting of Vanessa Redgrave, making her American TV acting debut and winning an Emmy Award as Outstanding Actress, and the occasion for playwright Arthur Miller, who also won an Emmy for his script, to participate in a TV movie, gave this film added distinction.<P>It was chosen Outstanding Drama Special for the 1980-81 TV season at the Emmy Award ceremonies, and another Emmy went to Jane Alexander as Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Alma Rose, the orchestra's cold, officious leader. Shirley Knight also received a Supporting Actress nomination for her role as the malevolent camp matron, and art director Robert Gundlach got the last of the movie's six nominations. Initially, it was to have been directed by Tony Richardson, Redgrave's former husband, but he left over "artistic differences," and was replaced by Joseph Sargent, who in turn was replaced by Daniel Mann, the director of record. Fania Fenelon herself, vociferous against Redgrave's casting, died in 1983.