For Those I Loved

For Those I Loved (French: Au nom de tous les miens) is a drama film from 1983 with Michael York, about a Polish Jewish Holocaust survivor who emigrated to the United States in 1946. It was directed by Robert Enrico for Les Productions Mutuelles Ltée.

For Those I Loved
Directed byRobert Enrico
Produced byPierre David
Robert Enrico
Written byMax Gallo
StarringMichael York
Jacques Penot
Macha Méril
Helen Hughes
Jean Bouise
Brigitte Fossey
Music byMaurice Jarre
CinematographyFrançois Catonné
Production
company
Les Productions Mutuelles Ltée Producteurs Associés TF1 Films Production
Distributed byCinema International Corporation (CIC) Les Films René Malo
Release date
9 November 1983 in France
12 October 1983 in Canada
7 June 1990 in United States
Running time
145 minutes
CountryCanada
France
Hungary
LanguageEnglish
French

Plot

The movie is based on a book titled For Those I Loved written by Martin Gray. The main character in the book belonged to the Reform Jews, where he lived with his family in Warsaw Ghetto after the Nazi invasion of Poland. The character supports his family with black-market supplies and joins the Resistance. He is deported to the Treblinka camp, where he manages to survive and then escape. Afterwards he joins the partisan forces and then the Red Army, taking part in the capture of Berlin.

After the war he left the Red Army and went in search of his grandmother, the sole survivor of his family. He found his grandmother in New York and emigrated to America. He became a successful businessman there. Then he married Dina, with whom he had four children. After the birth of their first child, the protagonist moved with his family back to France. There in 1970 his wife and children tragically lost their lives in a forest fire. In 1976 he married again and had three more children. He started a foundation to teach others about his experiences.

Holocaust historian Gitta Sereny has dismissed Gray's autobiographical book as a forgery in a 1979 article in New Statesman magazine, writing that "Gray's For Those I Loved was the work of Max Gallo the ghostwriter, who also produced Papillon.[1] Some of Gray's claims of wartime heroism were dismissed in Poland as untrue by the Silent Unseen Captain Wacław Kopisto.[2]

Cast

Discography

The CD soundtrack composed by Maurice Jarre is available on Music Box Records label.[3]

References

  1. Sereny, Gitta. "The Men Who Whitewash Hitler", New Statesman, Vol. 98, No. 2537, November 2, 1979, pp. 670-73.
  2. Nowiny Rzeszowskie, "Nowiny: gazeta codzienna. 1990, nr 162-183 (sierpień)." Page 9 in scanned document. Nr 163. "Kim jest Martin Gray?" (Who is Martin Gray) Polish daily newspaper Nowiny Rzeszowskie, 2 August 1990; interview with Captain Wacław Kopista (sic). Lizardtech viewer.
  3. http://www.musicbox-records.com/en/46-au-nom-de-tous-les-miens.html
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