Enemies, A Love Story (film)

Enemies, A Love Story is a 1989 film directed by Paul Mazursky, based on the 1966 novel Enemies, A Love Story (Yiddish: Sonim, di Geshichte fun a Liebe) by Isaac Bashevis Singer and starred Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston, Lena Olin and Margaret Sophie Stein.

Enemies, A Love Story
original film poster
Directed byPaul Mazursky
Produced byPaul Mazursky
Screenplay byRoger L. Simon
Paul Mazursky
Based onEnemies, A Love Story by
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Music byMaurice Jarre
CinematographyFred Murphy
Edited byStuart H. Pappé
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13)
Running time
119 min.
Budget$9.5 million[1]
Box office$7,754,571


Set in New York City in 1949, the story follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. Throughout the war he survived hidden in a hayloft, taken care of by Yadwiga, a Gentile Polish servant. His parents, wife and children were taken away by the Nazis. After the war ends, Herman is told that all of his family members perished. He marries Yadwiga, and they emigrate to the United States. He meets the beautiful, passionate Masha, a fellow survivor, and they begin an intense love affair. To Yadwiga, he poses as a traveling book-salesman; however, in reality, he is a ghost writer for a corrupt rabbi. He wanders about New York with a constant paranoia, survivor guilt and perpetual desperation, made more complicated when he receives word that a family member is searching for him: his wife from Poland, Tamara, who was thought to have died in a concentration camp.



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