DirectorPaul Mazursky Initial DVD releaseSeptember 3, 2002 LanguageEnglish
Release dateDecember 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) Based onEnemies, A Love Story by
Isaac Bashevis Singer WriterIsaac Bashevis Singer (novel), Roger L. Simon (screenplay), Paul Mazursky (screenplay) AwardsNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress CastRon Silver (Herman Broder), Anjelica Huston (Tamara Broder), Lena Olin (Masha), Malgorzata Zajaczkowska (Yadwiga (as Margaret Sophie Stein)), Alan King (Rabbi Lembeck), Judith Malina (Masha's Mother) Similar moviesDefiance, The Book Thief, Ben-Hur, Battle Royale, Fading Gigolo, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Enemies, A Love Story is a 1989 film directed by Paul Mazursky, based on the 1966 novel Enemies, A Love Story (Yiddish: Sonim, di Geshichte fun a Liebe) by Isaac Bashevis Singer and starred Ron Silver, Anjelica Huston, Lena Olin and Margaret Sophie Stein.
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 comes to New York.
Ron Silver as Herman Broder
Anjelica Huston as Tamara Luria-Broder
Lena Olin as Masha Bloch-Tortshiner
Margaret Sophie Stein as Yadwiga, Herman's maid
Alan King as Rabbi Lembeck
Judith Malina as Shifra Puah Bloch, Masha's mother
Elya Baskin as Yasha Kobik
Paul Mazursky as Leon Tortshiner, Masha's ex-husband
Phil Leeds as Pesheles
Rita Karin as Mrs. Schreier
Zypora Spaisman as Sheva Haddas
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including two nominations in the Best Supporting Actress category for Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin and a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Roger L. Simon and Paul Mazursky.