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Discussion with composer Lalo Schifrin; Holocaust scholar and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, Michael Berenbaum; and Director of UCLA Film & Television Archive and Professor for Critical Studies, Jan-Christopher Horak; moderated by Filmmaker and Director of the LA Jewish Film Festival, Hilary Helstein following the screening.
Director: Stuart Rosenberg, Screenplay: David Butler, Steve Shagan, based on the book Voyage of the Damned by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts. UK, 1976, 155 min., Music: Lalo Schifrin; in English, digital. Starring: Faye Dunaway, Sam Wanamaker, Max von Sydow, Katharine Ross, Orson Wellles, James Mason
Does history repeat itself? Adapted from Gordon Thomas’ and Max Morgan-Witts’ 1974 best-selling book of the same name, Rosenberg’s acclaimed dramatization depicts the fateful 1939 voyage of over 900 Jewish refugees, who in an effort to flee Nazi Germany boarded the German cruise liner, MS St. Louis, bound for the safety of Havana, Cuba.
Unbeknownst to its Captain, crew, and passengers, the MS St. Louis, was never intended to find a friendly port. Instead, the Nazis used the voyage as a propaganda tool, in an effort to portray the Jews as an international pariah; unwelcome throughout the world. Comprised of cast of well-known international actors, accompanied by a moving score composed by Lalo Schifrin, the film follows the trials of the ship’s passengers, as they gradually become aware of the geopolitical scope of their voyage.
Presented in cooperation with the LA Jewish Film Festival
Lalo Schifrin is a multi-award winning pianist, conductor and composer, who has written over 100 scores for both television & the cinema.
- Nominated for three Academy Awards®, including Best Original Score - Lalo Schifrin,
- Nominated for six Golden Globe Awards®, including a winning nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Katharine Ross
Further details available at: www.schifrin.com
Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the historical development of films.
Further details available at: www.berenbaumgroup.com
Jan-Christopher Horak has been Director of UCLA Film & Television Archive and Professor for Critical Studies since 2007. His latest book is Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design.
Further details available at: www.tft.ucla.edu
Hilary Helstein Is the Executive Director of the LAJFF, and a filmmaker whose work includes extensive projects with the Shoah Foundation, as well as her documentary As Seen Through These Eyes.
Further details available at: sfi.usc.edu
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