A Crime to fit the punishment

United States, 1982

Film
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In 1954, during the height of McCarthyism and the Cold War, the controversial labour film ‘Salt of the Earth’ was made despite numerous attempts by the film industry and the U.S. government to prevent its production. This film explores the background that surrounded the film’s production, combining interviews and production footage with newsclips and broadcasts from the early fifties. It captures the struggle of the blacklisted Hollywood film people who defiantly set out to commit a crime to fit their punishment. Narrated by Lee Grant.

Credits

co-director

Barbara Moss

Stephen Mack

Language

English

Duration

00:41:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

33516

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - History

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Censorship

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Communism

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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