Red Hollywood and the Blacklist

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August 15 - 21

The Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s claimed the accomplished and promising careers of a wide swath of directors, screenwriters, producers, and actors whose contributions to studio moviemaking include subversive period epics, lean and morally complex noirs, and snappy, class-conscious comedies. The Film Society will present a one-week exclusive theatrical run of Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s Red Hollywood, the groundbreaking documentary about the men and women whose careers were destroyed by the blacklist, along with a selection of films by blacklist casualties chosen by Andersen himself. Andersen explains, “There are many remarkable films by Hollywood blacklist victims that could not be excerpted in Red Hollywood. This series provides a rare opportunity to discover—or revisit—some of these gems projected on the big screen.”

Presented in collaboration with Anthology Film Archive's series Screenwriters and the Blacklist: Before, During, and After (August 22 - September 2).

See more for less with a 3+ Film Package. Plus, enjoy Dinner and a Movie throughout the series for just $25, available for all screenings after 5:00pm, excluding Red Hollywood.

In This Series

Red Hollywood

Red Hollywood

Thom Andersen | Noël Burch | 1996 | 120 mins

One week exclusive theatrical run!

This revelatory, extensively researched documentary offers a unique perspective on Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s, when “Red” filmmakers worked within the studio system to challenge issues of class, war, race, and gender.

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The Big Night

The Big Night

Joseph Losey | 1951 | 75 mins

Losey’s last American film tells the story of a teenager trying to become a man in one night and features the final screen role of Dorothy Comingore, redbaited after playing Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane.

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Monday, August 18

4:30pm

Thursday, August 21

6:45pm
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

Ricardo Cortez | 1939 | 62 mins

Glenn Ford made his screen debut in this late-Depression road movie—with leftist touches courtesy of scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo—about four strangers traveling west aboard freight cars.

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Saturday, August 16

12:30pm

Wednesday, August 20

12:30pm
Hell Drivers

Hell Drivers

Cy Endfield | 1957 | 91 mins

Introduction by Red Hollywood director Thom Andersen on August 15.

Stanley Baker plays a tough ex-con truck driver who must risk life and limb for his unscrupulous boss. Endfield’s film, made in British exile, also features an early performance by Sean Connery.

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Friday, August 15

9:30pm

Tuesday, August 19

1:30pm

I Stole a Million

Frank Tuttle | 1939 | 80 mins

Introduction by Red Hollywood director Thom Andersen on August 16.

This absurdist noir sees the American Dream going obscenely wrong for a decent but impetuous taxi driver (George Raft) who tries to buy his own cab but soon finds himself turning to crime.

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Saturday, August 16

9:15pm

Wednesday, August 20

4:45pm
Odds Against Tomorrow

Odds Against Tomorrow

Robert Wise | 1959 | 96 mins

Introduction by Red Hollywood director Thom Andersen on August 17.

Dave Burke (Ed Begley) recruits two men (Robert Ryan and Harry Belafonte) to help carry out a bank robbery. Both are desperate for money, but tensions rise as racism rears it ugly head.

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Sunday, August 17

1:15pm
The Prowler

The Prowler

Joseph Losey | 1951 | 92 mins

Restored 35mm print!

A rare critique of the sexual stereotyping in film noir and a treatise on the hidden injuries of class, The Prowler is the greatest work of Losey’s pre-blacklist period and one of Dalton Trumbo’s best scripts.

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Monday, August 18

9:00pm

Thursday, August 21

2:15pm

Road Gang

Louis King | 1936 | 61 mins

Introduction by Red Hollywood director Thom Andersen on August 16.

A reporter (Donald Woods) exposing local corruption in the south is framed after writing one exposé too many on a slimy politician (Joseph King) and finds himself “disappeared” into a prison farm.

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Saturday, August 16

4:30pm

Wednesday, August 20

9:00pm
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

Abraham Polonsky | 1969 | 98 mins

Native American Willie Boy (Robert Blake) goes on the lam with his girlfriend Lola (Katharine Ross) after shooting her father in self-defense, and Deputy Sheriff Cooper (Robert Redford) is tasked with leading the harrowing manhunt.

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Sunday, August 17

5:50pm
Zulu

Zulu

Cy Endfield | 1964 | 139 mins

50th anniversary restoration!

Endfield’s reenactment of a British victory in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 presents the contradictions of imperialism and has become one of the most influential films of the 1960s.

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Friday, August 15

3:40pm

Tuesday, August 19

6:15pm
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