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
Rating: 5/5 -- Unavoidable classic on a 1950 mine strike, made by McCarthy era blacklisted filmmakers.
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
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
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
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)
This is pretty amazing. Full Review
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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