Seventy-five years ago, Hollywood entered one of its lowest periods. In 1947, 10 Hollywood writers and directors specifically refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and were held in contempt of Congress. In response, Hollywood’s top studios turned their backs on these filmmakers. The Hollywood Ten—Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner, Jr., John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Samuel Ornitz, Adrian Scott, and Dalton Trumbo—as these artists came to be known, were noted from the film industry and in April 1948 they were sentenced by the government to serve in a federal prison.
The persecution and targeting of these filmmakers were years in the making as the US government’s interest in Hollywood was already well known, and the left-wing views held by many in the industry. It became common practice to fire and/or deny employment to anyone who held Communist political views or in any way sympathized with Communists from their peers and government.
This series runs from April 13 to April 30 and highlights films and notes about members of the Hollywood Ten and their colleagues, examining the hands of the filmmakers on how Hollywood shaped 20th-century history from the Depression through World War II and the Holocaust. The series is edited and reviewed by Bernard Rondeau, with thanks to frequent PW contributor Ed Rampell.
Demonstration films are included A tender comrade and Sahara at 7:30 pm on April 13 Cloak and dagger and He will not run away at 7:30 pm on April 14 Red Hollywood to 2 pm on April 15. Three faces West to 2 pm on April 16. Objectively, Burma! to 2 pm on April 23. evil force and Running all the way at 7:30 pm on April 27th. Spartan at 7:30 pm on April 29 Salt of the earth at 2 pm on April 30.
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