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February 1999, Week 2


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Sun, 7 Feb 1999 13:37:53 -0500
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i wonder whether listers could help me identify a film which

?ve been unable to trace . . . here?s what i recall? it dates from early to mid eighties and is, i think, dutch in origin . . . it deals with a man [a historian?] who is engaged simultaneously in two endeavors . . . professionally he?s trying to explore the idea that events of the ?nuit de varennes? were ultimately responsible for the historical trajectory that led to world war one and hence to world war two in which he lost [track of] a brother . . . simultaneously he?s personally engaged in trying to locate his brother . . . both of these pursuits combine in what i remember to be the powerful culmination of the film . . . beyond that i remember little . . . i carry a vague sense that it?s by one the verhovens, but checking the lists of their films leads nowhere so perhaps that?s a false memory, which suggests that there may be other false leads in the above . . . i?d be very grateful for any leads thanks much mike frank [with apologies for duplication, since this is being cross-posted]