The Song of Names

The Song of Names

DVD - 2020
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An emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half-century. Beneath the film's stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of war, and the lost souls extinguished from history.
"...François Girard's sweeping historical drama about a man searching for his childhood best friend -- a violin prodigy orphaned in the Holocaust -- who vanished decades before on the night of his first public performance."-- Container.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Sony Pictures Classics,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Summary: An emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half-century. Beneath the film's stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of war, and the lost souls extinguished from history.


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Sep 12, 2020

A well conceived movie, thoughtfully delivered and received!

Sep 10, 2020

A smart film with class. Good plot, interesting and entertaining albiet kinda sad. Roth is one outstanding actor.

Sep 10, 2020

Millions of stories possible relating to the millions of victims of the Nazis. This is one of those stories.

Aug 26, 2020

Good performances from Tim Roth and Clive Owen. Enjoyed this movie.

Aug 19, 2020

I just started watching this film and a young British boy who does not want a Polish violin prodigy to stay in his room says: Hitler is going to invade Poland, you will be sent home and have to wear a yellow star. This English schoolboy knew more than the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin ( which is not saying much ) who appeased Hitler and encouraged him by assuring him that England would not go to war for other countries. If you are going to make a film about the Holocaust, please get the facts correct. No one in England in prewar 1939 or earlier knew that Jews would be forced to wear yellow stars. The Jewish badge was not instituted in 1933 when Hitler came to power. It was not instituted in 1935 when the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of their citizenship. It was still not implemented by Kristallnacht in 1938. The oppression and labeling of the Jews by use of the Jewish badge did not begin until after the start of the Second World War. And even then, it began as local laws rather than as a unified Nazi policy. It wasn't until after the Second World War began in September 1939 that individual authorities implemented a Jewish badge in the Nazi German-occupied territories of Poland. For instance, on November 16, 1939, the order for a Jewish badge was announced in Lodz. Various locales within occupied Poland had their own regulations about size, color, and shape of the badge to be worn until Hans Frank made a decree that affected all of the Government General in Poland. On November 23, 1939, Hans Frank, the chief officer of the Government General, declared that all Jews above ten years of age were to wear a WHITE badge with a Star of David on their right arm. It wasn't until nearly two years later that a decree, issued on September 1, 1941, issued badges to Jews within Germany as well as occupied and incorporated Poland. This badge was the yellow Star of David with the word "Jude" ("Jew") and worn on the left side of one's chest. thoughtco, 2019. This is two years after the invasion of Poland and the beginning of WWII. This is how a film and its director and author lose credibility in the first 10 minutes of a film. I will try to ignore the lack of historical knowledge to see if the film has any merit.... The film was not a bad movie, but it is definitely a "Hollywood" style film not the quality of many foreign films or Schindler's List... Recommend only if you do not care about historical accuracy. The best part of the film was the last two sentences. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jun 08, 2020

IMDB rated 6.2/10
Several years after his childhood friend, a violin prodigy, disappears on the eve of his first solo concert, an Englishman travels throughout Europe to find him.


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