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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. Based on the play by Christopher Trumbo. Special features: Paul Giamatti reads Trumbo's letter to Ring Lardner, Jr. (June 1953) ; Danny Glover reads Trumbo's letter to Arthur, film associate (December 1947) ; Photo gallery. 2007. 95 min.