The Hollywood Blacklist: Onscreen
Seventy years ago, the House Un-American Activities Committee began hearings on the “Communist influence in Hollywood.” Filmmakers were pushed to inform on their colleagues and threatened with prison and professional exile if they refused; by the time the session ended, lives had been ruined and the First Amendment was in retreat. In this course, we will delve into the period through the artists involved and the films they made, including Mission to Moscow, Force of Evil, High Noon, Salt of the Earth, On the Waterfront, and The Front— many of which were attacked at the time as subversive and one of which was banned. Taken together, these movies provide both a close-up of the blacklist era and a portrait of the contentious relationship between art and politics.
You'll Walk Away with
- A greater understanding of the blacklist era, both in American politics and film history
- Familiarity with the impact the Hollywood Blacklist had on American artists and culture
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- Screenwriters, directors, and anyone with an interest in film