Varian's War (2001)

Director
Lionel Chetwynd

Main cast
William Hurt; Julia Ormond; Matt Craven; Maury Chaykin; Alan Arkin

Genres
Drama

Description
Varian Fry rescues more than 2,000 artists from Nazi persecution during World War II.


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