HOME is presenting a season of films that reflect the work of writers who managed to continue working despite being blacklisted by Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD BLACKLISTS IN EUROPE – NEW MOVIE SEASON AT HOME

HOME is pleased to present this season of films that reflect the work of directors and writers Who managed to continue making films despite being blacklisted Hollywood during the anti-communist witch hunt.

In 1947, there were 10 producers, directors, and screenwriters known as the Hollywood Ten
They were charged and subsequently imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

What followed was a blacklist, run by the Hollywood film industry, which attempted to prevent those described as communist sympathizers from operating within it. Over the course of two decades, the Hollywood Black List influenced the careers of many filmmakers, a number of whom went into exile.

This season presents films featuring the work of some of those who have managed to do so
They continue to make films in the most difficult situations. Many of those blacklisted
Hollywood could not find work in America and ended up in exile in Europe.

Their entries were often without credit or released under pseudonyms. It was decades before they could put their names in the distinguished contributions they made to film production in Europe and around the world.

This season is sponsored by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford
and First Visiting Coordinator for HOME: Film. He said this about the season, The era of the Hollywood blacklist should not be forgotten. It’s a reminder sometimes
Standing up for what you believe in and staying loyal to those around you is not easy.
Today, there are film practitioners from all over the world who cannot work at home
Because of their political beliefs and who had to go into exile to try to continue making films.”

Rachel Heyward, Interim Creative Director: Film, said, “This season provides an exciting opportunity to revisit some of the highest profile films on the big screen. Not only will the films look great in our cinemas, but they will also be accompanied by a program of events that reinterprets and contextualizes these familiar titles to contemporary audiences.”

Season includes:

Start of Season at Home on Saturday May 14th is a one-hour special intro from Season Curator Andy
Willis, where he will explore in detail the Hollywood Blacklist’s contribution to filming
Culture in Europe during the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies.

The moody and tense Jules Dassin set in London Noir Night and the . is shown on the same day
city. The film’s atmosphere benefits greatly from its filming on location in England. The
The director was blacklisted during the filming of the movie and was not allowed to work on some
In post production.

A rare 35mm version was shown at classic Spanish cinema Cali Mayor on Thursday, May 19th.
Commenting on the broader class-based social structures in Spain at the time, the film traces an unmarried woman Isabel as a group of bored local men who plot to embarrass her by feigning romantic interest. From the writer Juan Antonio Bardem.

Zulu is seen by many as a classic British film, depicting the 1879 Battle of the Rorkes Drift. Director
Co-writer Cy Endfield was blacklisted by Hollywood and later worked extensively in the United Kingdom. Today the film raises questions about the representation of the Zulu nation and the success of the film’s anti-imperialist intentions. Show Sunday, May 22nd.

Show Tuesday, May 24th is a time without pity, after David, a recovering alcoholic
He has one day to save his son from being hanged for murder. This was the first time director Joseph Lucy was able to use his name after being blacklisted from Hollywood.

Friday May 27th Show as part of this season in addition to continuing our rituals
The movie strip is Horror Express. A classic ’70s horror movie that combines genre icons
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing together with Telly Savalas on the Trans-Siberian Express
Heading to Moscow, where a gruesome primitive creature rushes insanely.

On Sunday, May 29, we’ll be checking out The Bridge on the River Kwai. It is widely viewed as one of the
The greatest wartime movie of all time, the film reveals the life horror of captured soldiers
They had to work on building a railway to connect Bangkok and Rangoon.

Revivi ends the season on Tuesday, May 31. Listed director Jules Dassin took the film
Low cost project with no key stars attached and managed to craft one of the most
The most touching and touching burglary movies ever made.

Andy Willis, Season Curator, will perform a number of shows this season,
Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Coordinator at HOME:
Movie.

Hollywood Blacklistees work at HOME from: Saturday, May 14, 2022 to Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The full program can be viewed here.

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