The Substance of Fire

Overview

In this adaptation of a stage play by Jon Robin Baitz, a successful head of a New York publishing firm unravels after the death of his wife. Isaac Geldhart Ron Rifkin is a German Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who has been emotionally scarred by the traumas of his childhood, during which he spent many days hiding in an attic full of books. He has grown into a demanding perfectionist of a businessman, but his company is failing despite a sterling reputation for quality. He becomes obsessed with publishing a ...
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Overview

In this adaptation of a stage play by Jon Robin Baitz, a successful head of a New York publishing firm unravels after the death of his wife. Isaac Geldhart Ron Rifkin is a German Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who has been emotionally scarred by the traumas of his childhood, during which he spent many days hiding in an attic full of books. He has grown into a demanding perfectionist of a businessman, but his company is failing despite a sterling reputation for quality. He becomes obsessed with publishing a four-volume work on the techniques used in the Nazi genocide. His son Aaron Tony Goldwyn pleads with his father to try more commercially viable books, especially a hip contemporary first novel written by Val Gil Bellows, who turns out to be Aaron's lover. But neither Aaron nor Isaac's long-suffering assistant Miss Barzakian Elizabeth Franz can dissuade the publisher from carrying out his financially disastrous plan. Aaron calls his two siblings Sarah Sarah Jessica Parker, a children's TV show personality, and Martin Timothy Hutton, a college professor, to a family meeting to try to resolve things, but their father blows up. Aaron's siblings sign over their shares in the publishing company to Aaron, effectively freezing out their father, who stubbornly sets up his own company and proceeds with his Holocaust project, which in the end proves a disappointment to him. Isaac's world falls apart as he becomes more belligerent, and Martin moves in with him to take care of him. ~ Michael Betzold
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • UPC: 096009781293
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Rifkin Isaac Geldhart
Sarah Jessica Parker Sarah Geldhart
Tony Goldwyn Aaron Geldhart
Timothy Hutton Martin Geldhart
Ronny Graham Louis Foukold
Elizabeth Franz Miss Barzakian
Gil Bellows
Eric Bogosian
Viola Davis
Lee Grant
Adolph Green
David S. Howard Dr. Bernard Kramer
Tom McDermott
Debra Monk
George Morfogen
Roger Rees
John Sullivan
Technical Credits
Daniel G. Sullivan Director
Jon Robin Baitz Producer, Screenwriter
Shelley Barclay Set Decoration/Design
John Lee Beatty Production Designer
Randy Finch Producer
Jess Goldstein Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Hamilton Sound/Sound Designer
Ron Kastner Producer
Jeff Lazar Asst. Director
Pamela Martin Editor
Mark Ricker Art Director
Meg Simon Casting
Lemore Syvan Co-producer
Joseph Vitarelli Songwriter
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Substance of Fire
1. Chapter 1 [9:59]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [9:59]
10. Chapter 10 [11:44]
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