November 21, 2010

A Look Back at Playing for Time

Sunday, November 21, 2010
3:00 pm ET
New York

In Person

Linda Yellen, Filmmaker
Jane Alexander
Vanessa Redgrave

One of the most controversial and lauded of all television films, Playing for Time dramatized the shattering true story of how singer Fania Fénelon and a group of women hoped to escape death by performing in an orchestra while imprisoned at Auschwitz. Scripted by playwright Arthur Miller, this presentation garnered huge ratings, earned the coveted Peabody Award, and became one of the few television movies to be screened at the Cannes and Deauville Film Festivals. It also won the Emmy as Best Dramatic Special, as did Miller and two of its stars, Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Alexander. Thirty years after its original broadcast, both actresses, along with the film’s producer, Linda Yellen, will reunite for a discussion of the program’s importance and its impact.

The DVD of Playing for Time is now available, please contact

Tickets on sale now.

Presented with New York Women in Film & Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund

To attend a private reception, join us for PALEYAFTERDARK. Call 212.621.6780 or email



Thank You

The Robert M. Batscha University Seminar Series is generously funded by Dick Wolf.