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Enemies, a Love Story

original film poster
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Produced by Paul Mazursky
Written by Roger L. Simon
Paul Mazursky
Starring Ron Silver
Anjelica Huston
Lena Olin
Margaret Sophie Stein
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Editing by Stuart H. Pappé
Studio Morgan Creek Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December 13, 1989
Running time 119 min.
Language English

Enemies, a Love Story is a 1989 film directed by Paul Mazursky, based on the novel Enemies, a Love Story (Yiddish: Sonim, di Geshichte fun a Liebe) by Isaac Bashevis Singer.



Set in New York City in 1949, the story follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. Throughout the war he survived hidden in a hayloft, taken care of by his gentile Polish servant, Yadwiga, whom he later takes as his wife in America. Meanwhile, he has a passionate affair with another Holocaust survivor, Masha. To Yadwiga, he poses as a traveling book-salesman despite the fact he is a ghost writer for a corrupt rabbi. He wanders about New York with a constant paranoia and perpetual desperation, made more complicated when his first wife from Poland, Tamara, who was thought to have been killed in the Holocaust along with their two children, comes to New York.



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