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The Bookfair Murders (2000)

Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper reporter Judith Cass is in Frankfurt attending a book fair, she there to write an article on up and coming Canadian author Jonathan Matthews who is ... See full summary »


Wolfgang Panzer


Anna Porter (book), Herman F.G. Stuck (teleplay) (as Herman F.G. Stück)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Bond ... Marsha Hillier
Linda Kash ... Judith Cass
Bernd Michael Lade Bernd Michael Lade ... Ernst Murnau
Saul Rubinek ... Martin P. Barrett
Robert Joy ... Peter Schmidt
Walter Kreye ... Peter Freimann
Jonathan Higgins ... Jonathan Matthews
Geneviève Bujold ... Margaret Dourie Cantor
Eli Wallach ... Erich Schmidt
Cliff Saunders ... Morris
Richard McMillan ... Thurgood
Karen Glave ... Linda
Simon Henderson ... Sam
Peter Blais Peter Blais ... Jerry
Nicola Lipman Nicola Lipman ... Helga


Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper reporter Judith Cass is in Frankfurt attending a book fair, she there to write an article on up and coming Canadian author Jonathan Matthews who is writing a book rumored to be of major historical significance. Judith's story takes a major turn when Jonathan, during the fair's opening night party, collapses and dies. The police later report that Jonathan was poisoned to death. Jonathan had a personal history with publisher Marsha Hillier, Judith's friend who is also at the fair to promote the yet unfinished book of her star author, Margaret Dourie Cantor. Jonathan's murder is the latest but worst of Marsha's problems at the fair. Marsha has also been having problems with Margaret and Margaret's agent, Martin Barrett - who was also Jonathan's agent - about Margaret's inaccessibility to the book fair's buyers and the questionable quality of the chapters she's written thus far. Judith, looking for the answers to Jonathan's murder in wanting a good story... Written by Huggo

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Germany | Canada



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9 April 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyilkosság a könyvvásáron See more »

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A Canadian reporter goes to Germany to cover a story of a Canadian writer about to be published. It all changes when the writer dies under suspicious circumstances.
27 November 2005 | by a-missSee all my reviews

Although the movie isn't absolutely amazing, it contains some very poignant and essential messages, specifically about (professional) writing. It also demonstrates some of the problems plaguing the publishing world. Most moving were the segments dealing with the story of the Rebber family, and how they epitomize the injustices suffered by wealthy German Jews during the second World War.

Many of the actors in this film are Canadian, as are the production crew (and companies). This movie lends itself to the expression and appreciation of many cultures, including German, Canadian, and the artistic worlds of writing/publishing and fine art.

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