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September 19, 1980 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-09-19

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14 Friday, September 19, 1980

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Lovers Become
Boat Refugees

Big Red One' Uses Israeli
Extras in Death Camp Scenes

By HERBERT LUFT

(Copyright 1980, JTA I Inc.)

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SAMUEL FULLER, for
the production of his WWII
movie, "The Big Red One,"
recreated the grisly site of
Nazi extermination camp
Falkenau near the Or-
thodox community of Mea
Shearim, Israel. In the corn-
pound, a U.S. sergeant (Lee
Marvin) finds a Jewish boy
with vacant eyes and a body
wasted by starvation in a
scene leading up to the con-
clusion of the picture.
Some of the people por-
traying SS guards wore
skullcaps under their steel
helmets; elderly women
holding up Hitler pictures,
in an ecstatic endorsement
of the Fuehrer who was
about to lose their war, at
first were hesitant to pay
homage to an evil system
that destroyed their own
kin. Time and again, Fuller
had to assure his Hebrew
friends that it was a movie.
At a press conference,
Fuller and two members of
the squad from "The Big
Red One," Robert Carradine
and Bobby DiCicco, were
both touched by the fighting
spirit of the Israelis.

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The real glory of war, Ful-
ler maintains, is survival.
An infantry man in WWII
earning a Bronze Star in
Sicily and a Silver Star in
Normandy, he feels that
basically there is never a
right war. But he makes one
exception. You couldn't rea-
son with Hitler (whose "be-
hind" the Germans were
kissing) but had to kill the
killer lest the whole world
would be subject to tyranny.
The veteran filmmaker,
meanwhile, is negotiating
for another war epic, filmi-
zation of the French best-
selling novel, "The Tunnel,"
dealing with the occupation
army in Paris. This one is
being produced by Serge
Silvermann.
GENOCIDE is a
'documentary feature now in
the editing stage in the
quiet suburb of Venice at
the outskirts of Los
Angeles. Arnold
Schwartzman, a British
filmmaker and graphic de-
signer, is at the helm of the
production which was com-
missioned by the Wiesent-
hal Center for Holocaust
Studies of the Yeshiva Uni-
versity in Los Angeles.
JACK P. EISNER'S
biographical account of
"The Survivor," now pub-
lished by Morrow and
simultaneously dramatized
for off-Broadway, has been
transposed into a, motion
picture scenario by Abby
Mann, Academy Award
winner for "Judgment at
Nuremberg."
Eisner was 13 years old
when his native city of War-
saw was taken by the Ger-
man blitzkreig armies in
the fall of 1939.
An affirmation of the in-
domitable human spirit,
the same spirit evoked by
Sam Fuller in "The Big Red
One," Eisner's factual ac-
count will come to the
theatrical screen next year,
with actual photography to
- take place in Poland and
Germany. A search for a boy
of 13, preferably a complete
unknown who can give the
tragic events a sense of au-
thenticity, has been in-
itiated on three continents.
SIR LAURENCE
OLIVIER portrays cantor
Rabinovitch in the current
edition of "The Jazz Singer,"
produced by Jerry Leider, in
which Neil Diamond essays
the coveted role of the pro-
digal son in the early talk-
ing picture created by Al
Jolson. In the updated ver-
sion, the elderly cantor is a
death camp survivor with a
prison number burned into
his inner arm.
It is the conviction of the
East Side cantor that only
tradition can make us sur-
vive as a people; his prayer
and meditation turns the

There are three types of
"doers": If a man says, "I
shall do it soon," his char-
acter is poor; if he says, "I
am ready to do it," his char-
acter is average; if he says,
"I am doing it," his char-
acter is praiseworthy.
— Hasidic saying

tide and brings the young
man back into the fold of the
Jewish faith.
"The Jazz Singer" com-
bines liturgical chants with
modern compositions by
Neil Diamond. Richard
Fleischer directed with
Lucie Arnaz contributing
the love interest. An EMI
production, the film opens
at year's end.
"BRIDGES OF OC-
TOBER" is another forth-
coming epic dealing with
the theme of survival, this
one with the survival of the
Hebrew nation after the
sneak attack across the
Suez Canal on Yom Kippur
1973, on the holiest of holy
days and the only day such
an operation of Goliath
against David could have
been accomplished.
It will be interesting to
learn how producer Martin
Poll will tackle the picture
termed by him a personal
story against the back-
ground of war and seen from
both sides, especially since
both President Anwar
Sadat and Premier
Menahem Begin have
pledged unlimited coopera-
tion in the spirit of Camp
David.

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A
suspicious looking small
boat making its way to Is-
raeli waters from Lebanon
was found by the Israeli
navy patrol boat that inter-
cepted it to be carrying a
young Lebanese couple
seeking sanctuary in Israel
in order to marry. The elop-
ing couple was taken to
Haifa.
The young man and
woman said they met a year
ago and fell in love: But her
father, a fisherman, refused
to sanction their marriage.

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