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Violins at the Ball

Les violons du bal

Directed by Michel Drach
France, 1974


For many years, filmmaker Michel Drach wanted to tell the story of his childhood during WWII and his family’s escape from the occupying Nazis. The film explores his bittersweet memories, inter-cutting between his quest to make the film and the past.

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Violins at the Ball Directed by Michel Drach

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Drach has wanted to make this film for 15 years, and it shows in the careful attention given to various details, the subtle transactions between memory and invention, fear and comfort, yesterday and today. It is at once an autobiography about the war experience of one family and an ironic commentary on what this means in terms of art and commerce.
August 01, 1974
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