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Special edition of the famous 1954 blacklisted film about the 1950 strike by zinc miners in Silver City, New Mexico, Salt of the Earth explores the comples issues of labor relations, minority rights and the struggle of women to achieve equality in their daily lives.
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This movie should be seen by every labor-working person in the United States.
The people who made the film, Herbert Biberman (a member of the Hollywood Ten) and the brothers-in-law Paul Jarrico and Michael Wilson were all blacklisted by the Hollywood studios for "taking the Fifth" before the House un-American Activities committee. They formed the Independent Production Company (IPC)and settled on a story where miners wives took over a picketline because the men had been forced into a 60 day negotiation period by a Taft-Hartely injunction.
The film is a delight, the politics is a bit ham-fisted and the players - many of whom were miners and union officials in the actual strike - were not the best of actors, but their passion for the film gave their performances true-grit. The best know actor in the film was Will Geer.: grandfather in TV's "The Waltons"...Geer was blacklisted too, for writing a favorable review of Soviet cinema.
A lot of the cutural tensions come out between traditional Mexican-American male and female roles of the day. The ending of the film is upbeat and everybody I've suggested to have a look - has found film a delightful surprise.
Seeing that it was blacklisted and only ran in U.S. Theatres for 13 weeks. Even so Salt of the Earth, is actually one of the best known films in the world... outside the U.S. that is.
Salt of the Earth is $4-to-$10 well spent.
The added photographs and information about the mine strike near Silver City, New Mexico in the early '50s adds to the impact of the film. This is a film that I want to have in order to show visitors some history of the region I have found a home in.
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