Title: Salt of the Earth - the Making of a Film SignedAuthor: Herbert BibermanPublisher: 1965, beacon Press NY
Ex-film director Biberman was a member of Hollywood's Unfriendly Ten which stood up to the House Unamerican Activities Committee in the late '40's--and paid for it with their reputations. All were fired, blacklisted and eventually jailed. These writers and directors were something of an intellectual elite in an otherwise commercial structure. Biberman maintains that the film industry, in violation of the anti-trust laws, conspired to prevent his independent company from filming and releasing his controversial semi-documentary, Salt of the Earth. The evidence as presented is overwhelmingly in his favor. He and several others among the 300 blacklisted movie people pooled their talents to make a pro-union film about Mexican-Americans on strike at a silver mine in New Mexico. The miners' wives had taken over the picket line' from their harassed husbands and were holding it. When Biberman and crew settled there to start filming, they were attacked, shot at and beaten up by vigilantes. But they got their rough film into a can. The rest of the story is a diary of victimization, underground editing and a decade of litigation. Never released nationally, the film was highly praised by New York reviewers, and won several European film festival first prizes.The film is now regarded, by some, as an American classic, and was one of the first films to be added to the National Film Registry. No additional shipping cost for multiple items won
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