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Summary

A docudrama special about the real-life imprisonment of Fania Fénelon in the Auschwitz concentration camp and her survival there through music -- as a member of the orchestra that played for the Nazi captors as well as fellow inmates. The half-Jewish Parisian cabaret singer Fénelon meets fellow prisoner Marianne aboard a Nazi concentration camp-bound train, and at Auschwitz their heads are shaved. Fania sings an aria from "Madame Butterfly" for Dr. Mengele, and fights with Marianne. The Allies bomb nearby and the concentration camp is evacuated. When Fania is liberated, she sings "La Marseilles" on a radio broadcast. Includes commercials.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by Michael Finkelstein and Sue-ann Friedman, 1996.

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: September 30, 1980 Tuesday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 2:59:30
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T81:0667
  • GENRE: Docudrama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Arthur Miller Collection, The
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV, 1980
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Linda Yellen … Executive Producer, Producer
    • John Quill … Producer
    • Louise Ramsay … Associate Producer
    • Daniel Mann … Director
    • Arthur Miller … Writer
    • Fania Fenelon … Writer, Based on the book by
    • Brad Friedel … Music by
    • Norman Gold … Music by
    • Vanessa Redgrave … Cast, Fania Fenelon
    • Jane Alexander … Cast, Alma Rose
    • Melanie Mayron … Cast, Marianne
    • Viveca Lindfors … Cast, Frau Schmidt
    • Max Wright … Cast, Dr. Mengele
    • Shirley Knight … Cast, Frau Mandel
    • Marisa Berenson … Cast, Elzvieta
    • Christine Baranski … Cast, Olga
    • Robin Bartlett … Cast, Etalina
    • Verna Bloom … Cast, Paulette
    • Mady Kaplan … Cast, Varya
    • Anna Kluger Levine … Cast, Michou
    • Maud Adams … Cast, Mala
    • Donna Haley … Cast, Katrina
    • Lenore Harris … Cast, Charlotte
    • Marcell Rosenblatt … Cast, Giselle
    • Elaine Bromka … Cast, Tchiakowska
    • Faith Catlin … Cast, Liesle
    • Clarence Felder … Cast, Commandant Kramer
    • Marta Heflin … Cast, Ester
    • Martha Schlamme … Cast, Lady in the Train