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Hollywood on Trial

Plaza Docs
Wednesday, August 9
El Paso Public Library
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Caught up in the Cold War paranoia of the ’50s, many in Hollywood turned on their own and sacrificed integrity for political expediency. David Helpern Jr.’s documentary begins by pinpointing the events of the 1930s and ’40s that led to the rise of the blacklist in the ’50s. Using newsreel footage of testimony of the Hollywood 10 (including Dalton Trumbo and Edward Dmytryk) who were called before the House Un-American Activities Committee for their supposed Communist sympathies, the film creates an indictment of a partisan witch hunt run amok. Narrated by writer-director John Huston, it features interviews with blacklist victims 25 years later, as well as Hollywood apologists such as Ronald Reagan, former president of the Screen Actors Guild, who describes the HUAC testimony as “good for the country.” Nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar, the film lost to the equally hard-hitting Harlan County, U.S.A.

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Starring: Lauren Bacall, Walter Bernstein
Rated: NR