Salt of the Earth
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 30, 2010
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Organa
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: "Hollywood 10" short Digitally enhanced transfer
- Chronicle of troubled production and distribution of only American blacklisted film
- Hundreds of production photos
- Filmmaker and cast biographies
- Theatrical trailer
- Editing and shooting notes
- History and hundreds of pictures of the Empire Zinc Strike
- History of blacklist in Hollywood
- Congressional testimony by blacklisted filmmakers
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Will Geer & Charles Coleman|
|Directed by||Herbert J. Biberman|
|Edited by||Ed Spiegel & Joan Laird|
|Screenwriting by||Michael Wilson|
|Composition by||Sol Kaplan|
|Cinematography by||Stanley Meredith & Leonard Stark|
|Produced by||Paul Jarrico|
An extraordinary film, made under extraordinary conditions and based on real events. Full Review
This is pretty amazing. Full Review
Rating: B -- One of the most daring "social problem" works in American film history, this movie, created by blacklisted artists, also shows the limitations of making a working-class film within the context of American culture. Full Review
Despite its formal esthetics and narrative didacticism... the movie has a a true force extolled by the austerity derived from the scarce technical equipment. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
More than a typical Miramax/Tarantino extravaganza, it's films like this that establish the historical precedent and importance of truly independent American filmmaking. Full Review
Rating: 75/100 -- This remains a fascinating and powerful movie as well as a significant piece of celluloid history.
Rating: B -- Kudos are in order for this extraordinary film for all it has to say that rings true about workers' rights, racism, and feminism. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A controversial drama about the struggles of striking mineworkers in a small New Mexico town whose views are socialistic and surprisingly feminist. Many of the actors and the film's director were blacklisted after its release.
In New Mexico, Mexican zinc miners, fed up with the life-threatening conditions under which they work, organize a walk-out. The racist management of the company tries to end the strike, with a variety of extremely violent and cruel tactics.
- SALT OF THE EARTH was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992.
- The film was sponsored by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers.
- When SALT OF THE EARTH was first released, it was considered to be a propaganda film in favor of communism. Some of its makers faced a McCarthy-era Congress, and its director served time in jail.
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