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 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Today marks the 40th anniversary is what was the first miniseries - A.B.C.'s first "Novel For Television", of course I'm talking about "Q.B.VII." which holds a unique distinction of not having only the score that introduced me to Jerry Goldsmith, but eerily, the film that made me aware of the Holocaust.

Any comments?

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

I'd had the Intrada cd of 'QB VII' for many years. Knew it backwards and forwards, and the album before the cd. Then I heard the whole thing was coming out from Prometheus. So, I rented the dvd's from Netflix because I'd never seen the thing. A young Anthony Hopkins and the rest of the cast (and the story of course) got me really hooked. I didn't know the story, so it was surprisingly entertaining. I was really surprised when Edith Evans appeared, loved her contributions. For it's age, it holds up very well, but I don't know if a 20 year old will enjoy it if they're used to say, 'Spider Man' or 'Captain America', and the 'energy' they may offer. But for seeing it for the first time around December, I found it's story engrossing; and I love a good story!

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I've been wanting to see this for some time. But man, the domestic DVD is really pricey. Looks like I will have to get a region 2 DVD.

Yep. The UK DVD is much more reasonablly priced.

Greg Espinoza

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Well, there was quite a lot of discussion months ago when so many of us here bought the 2 CD set of the expanded "QB-Vll" soundtrack, which I think most of us loved.

I do think I saw the mini-series when it was first broadcast, and as one who started collecting books about the Holocaust in the 1960s, it certainly wasn't my introduction to that horrifying period of history -- I think that William Shirer's exhaustive "The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich" (as well as biographies of Hitler and his henchmen and even Albert Speer's "Inside The Third Reich") provided that service for me. And later there was, on both small and large screens, "Holocaust" and "Playing For Time" and "War And Remembrance" and "Schindler's List," although we shouldn't forget Stanley Kramer's 1961 "Judgement At Nuremberg" with Spencer Tracy and Maximilian Schell, which really introduced many Americans to Nazi evil. I just did a Google search and came up with titles like "The Great Dictator" and "The Sound of Music" (a bit of a stretch!), but it also included "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" and "The Pianist" and "Life Is Beautiful" and "The Reader" and others, but I was surprised they didn't include "Exodus" or "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" or, for that matter, "Sophie's Choice."

 Posted:   May 1, 2014 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

QB VII is certainly the finest Leon Uris novel I ever read.

What a climax when the Jadwiga nurse testifies at the end!

Alas, I was too young to catch the "Novel for Television", and haven't been able to find it on video.

Thanks to the Fitz/Raine/Prague Phil team, I get to relish the score...and associate it primarily with the novel. A nice state of affairs, really.

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