Salt Of The Earth
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A nice edition for a collector. The supplemental material, "The Hollywood Ten," is dramatic and gives insight concerning the 1950's extreme fear of Communism, when ten Hollywood talents were accused of Communism and imprisoned for comtempt of court.
Against this backdrop, Salt of the Earth appears to have parachuted in from another planet. In retrospect, the film's look, feel, and values, plus use of non-actors, represent an anti-Hollywood aesthetic in just about about its purest form. Instead of the usual ersatz, there are company shacks, a desolate land, and real workers sometimes speaking a foreign tongue about hot water and labor solidarity. This was and is about as far removed from the fabled dream factory as any commercial film before or since. To my knowledge, Salt is the only professional movie made in America by known communists. And though I've seen it a number of times, I've yet to detect a theme that any conscionable liberal would disagree with. The emphasis throughout is on reform, not revolution.
So why was the movie so thoroughly ostracized. Aside from the obvious negatives, there are two aspects that challenge patriotic assumptions about the power of the individual.Read more ›
Far from being bad, this movie shows how people in struggle can rise up against the alienation and oppression of this world. Marx said Communism is the actual movement of the working class. That means that workers' everyday struggles contain the future within them, contain insurrection in daily life. This movie is a good slice of what that means.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The subject was interesting. The fact that it was written by one of the ten film makers that were on the infamous blacklist makes it so much more interesting.Published 11 days ago by C. Weinshenker
Great piece of history I wish they made one about the bisbee deportationPublished 2 months ago by Donovan
“I am a miner’s wife. Eighteen years my husband has given to that mine, living half his life with dynamite and darkness... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicole Wetherington
One of the best movies I have ever seen. It is a tragedy that this movie was suppressed. Sad to think that great art can be spit on by politicians and dictatorsPublished 3 months ago by Dariel Garner
This movie is a classic. The new addition corrected all the 'sound' issues of the originalPublished 4 months ago by Jean M Ahern
"Salt of the Earth" has such a raw and honest tone about it which is often lacking in mainstream movies of today. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marisa Lloreda
I didn't read the label properly and so rented this DVD of what I thought would be about a famous Brazilian nature photographer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Ljunggren