Art is an integral part of our lives. Even people who don’t consider themselves artists or patrons of the arts experience its effects, whether it’s singing along to a song on the radio that raises your spirits for a few moments or tuning into your favorite television show and finding common …

It’s tempting to classify the upcoming HBO Original film, “The Survivor,” which received its world premiere screening at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, as a sports biopic. After all, the camera lens and Justine Juel Gillmer’s screenplay focus their attention on boxer Hertzko “Harry” Haft, a Polish Jew who had a short-lived and unremarkable career as a light heavyweight in 1949 and lost spectacularly to future champion Rocky Marciano. And plenty of screen time is devoted to brutal, in-your-face fisticuffs.