Varian's War


The true story of Varian Fry, an American during World War II who rescued over 2000 Jewish writers, intellectuals, painters, composers from the south of occupied France. Marc Chagall, Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel and his wife Alma Mahler (Lynn Redgrave), Max Ernst, and Heinrich Mann were among them. 

William Hurt is Varian, and Julia Ormond is Miriam Davenport, the young American woman who helped him. Also starring Alan Arkin, Matt Craven, and Maury Chaykin.

Written and Directed by Lionel Chetwynd

The Varian Fry Project

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Varian (William Hurt) and Alma Mahler (Lynn Redgrave)