A Crime to Fit the Punishment (1981)

A Crime to Fit the Punishment
Type Short Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 0hr 46mins.
Genres Documentary, Historical, Interview
Keywords 1950s, filmmaking, government, political
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Barbara Moss Director n/a 2 2000001
Stephen J Mack Director n/a 2 2000002
Barbara Moss Producer n/a 3 3000001
Ted Churchill Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Stephen J Mack Editor n/a 172 7000001
In 1954, at the height of McCarthyism and the Cold War, blacklisted filmmakers joined together to create the controversial labor film Salt of the Earth, despite strong oppposition from a fearful Hollywood and the U.S. government. This documentary investigates the background and political atmosphere surrounding the production of the film, and chronicles the filmmakers' defiance of the blacklist. Interviews with the actors and clips from Salt of the Earth--which presciently championed the rights of workers, minorities, and women--are interwoven with newsreel and broadcast footage from the 50s, examining the relationship between film and politics.