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Film favorites to pass the Occupation with — no matter what side you’re on

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By MICHAEL NEEL  |  December 7, 2011


SALT OF THE EARTH | $15.99 | AMAZON.COM  | You think you have it rough? Try living as a blacklisted dude during the Red Scare. Sure, you don't have a job and prospects are grim, but in 1947 filmmaker Herbert J. Biberman didn't have any prospects. Biberman and 42 other Hollywood film professionals were called to testify before Congress's House Committee on Un-American Activities, which was looking for commies and wanted Biberman and pals to rat out some Hollywood reds. When Biberman and nine others (a/k/a "The Hollywood 10") refused, they were blacklisted and couldn't even get jobs as the guy who gets the coffee for the guy who gets the coffee. Well, Biberman and fellow blacklistees Michael Wilson (writer) and Paul Jarrico (producer) weren't going to let some rich bigoted assholes take away their livelihood, so they went indie and made Salt of the Earth. This film tells the tale of a miners' strike in New Mexico, and gives a giant middle finger to the Man, advocating rebellion, feminism, and socialism - which of course meant that it was only screened once in New York and then buried for 11 years. But social activists discovered it in the 1960s and the audience has been growing ever since, inspiring new generations of protesters. So pop in this DVD, roll up your sleeves, and fight for your right to fight!


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