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Writer, director, and interviewer Bernhard Frankfurter also takes up a lot of camera time as he introduces and questions a series of professionals -- writers, directors, actors, and composers -- on how they survived the Hitler years (some went to Hollywood, others escaped elsewhere). Among those interviewed are actress Lotte Stein, composer Fred Spielman, and director Walter Henreid. Interviewee Paul Reisch may have survived Hitler, but then he ran into five years of blacklisting during the McCarthy era -- in spite of being an entrenched monarchist. A few stories like his make for an interesting commentary on this period and its aftermath.

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