A Crime to Fit the Punishment | 1981

Documentary, Historical
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 ...more
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Synopsis

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.

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