Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth
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DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

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TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 12

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 997
An extraordinary film, made under extraordinary conditions and based on real events. Full Review
Film4
May 24, 2003
Rating: 5/5 -- Unavoidable classic on a 1950 mine strike, made by McCarthy era blacklisted filmmakers.
FilmFestivals.com
Apr 23, 2003
Salt of the Earth is a good, highly dramatic and emotion-charged piece of work that tells its story straight. It is, however, a propaganda picture which belongs in union halls rather than theatres. Full Review
Variety
Oct 16, 2007
Rating: 3/5 -- The hard-focus, realistic quality of the picture's photography and style completes its characterization as a calculated social document. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
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
Filmjourney
Dec 2, 2004
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)
Aug 6, 2019
This is pretty amazing. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.

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Production Notes:

  • 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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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 75,842
  • UPC: 891273002125
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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