The Universe and Me

Sunday, May 08, 2016

If communism comes knocking at your door

Movie: Trumbo. Nice to see Bryan Cranston in a non-Walter White role and he did a great job with it. About the communist witch hunt in Hollywood that coincided with the beginnings of the Cold War. Very strange anyone was sentenced to prison when the Constitution allows for many different political party affiliations. How paranoid do people have to be? What really astonished me about Dalton Trumbo was his ability to churn out so many screenplays - and excellent ones at that - in such a short amount of time. To be told you have a week to ten days to write a gem and agree and then do it is staggering. To spend decades writing brilliant and often Oscar winning screenplays (see Roman Holiday, The Brave One, Spartacus, The Way We Were, Hawaii, Exodus) is genius. Luckily he did not let prison or blacklisting silence his talent. And good for Kirk Douglas for being brave enough to credit him when no one else dared.


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