Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30pm
Thom Andersen and Noël Burch's Red Hollywood
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Thom Andersen and Noël Burch, video, 1996, 120 mins
Introduced by Lucy Raven
Thom Andersen and Noël Burch's revelatory documentary about films made by "Red" Hollywood—screenwriters and directors who were communists, ex-communists, or sympathizers named by the House Un-American Activities Committee—offers a radically different perspective on a key period of American film history. An elaboration of Andersen's 1985 essay of the same name, the film draws on extensive research by the filmmakers, as well as interviews with some of the blacklisted artists (Paul Jarrico, Ring Lardner Jr., Alfred Levitt, Abraham Polonsky) and clips from 53 films spanning numerous genres, bringing to light a mostly forgotten canon of works that raised challenging questions about war, race relations, class solidarity, women's labor, and even the studio system itself. As described by Andersen and Burch, "The victims of the Hollywood blacklist have been canonized as martyrs, but their film work in Hollywood is still largely denigrated or ignored. Red Hollywood considers this work to demonstrate how the Communists of Hollywood were sometimes able to express their ideas in the films they wrote and directed."
All films about crime are about capitalism, because capitalism is about crime. I mean "quote unquote," morally speaking. At least that's what I used to think; now I'm convinced. - Abraham Polonsky
Tickets - $7, available at door.
Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm.