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US Politics & History

Three Films

Films by Frederick Marx. House of unAmerican activities (1983, 17 min.): A profile of the filmmaker's father, a German-Jewish refugee, distinguished sailor in the U.S. Navy during WWII and American Communist who was tried by the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Dream Documentary (1981, 5 min.): Using excerpts from other films the filmmaker creates a surreal and foreboding societal landscape. Dreams from China (1989, 30 min.): A diary-like film essay of daily life in China immediately before the Tiananmen Square incident. c1994. 52 min.

Trumbo

Documents the rise of Dalton Trumbo's career in Hollywood and his subsequent public humiliation for being among the 'Hollywood Ten' blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s for communist associations. The film follows screenwriter Trumbo to prison, to exile in Mexico with his family, to poverty, to the public shunning of his children, to his writing under various pseudonyms, and to an eventual Academy Award. Actors read his letters; his children and friends remember and comment. Archive photos, newsreels and interviews add texture.

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