Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.
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If we're gonna say "african-americans", "mexican-americans", we shall might as well say "anglo-americans" more frequent. An outstanding political movie on how exploitation was conducted and how it could be defeated. The mechanisms of the struggle for power goes across gender, ethnicity and the dispute for natural resources. Feminism and women's creativity were beautifully portrayed in this great piece.
This one is dated. You can talk about the guts those blacklisted fellows had at the time to make a movie like this, but "Salt of the Earth" suffers from his own poison: It's too much naive for my taste, and I can't see here more than just a failed opportunity to tell a great story. After all, it's just a social leftist story told in a capitalistic way, without any substance, with some good shots.
A beautiful film that barely saw the light of day thanks to the studio system putting the squeeze on theatre chains of the day. Made by many of the original blacklisted 10, its worth seeking out. It personally touched me deeply as my father was in the union and was routinely picketing and treated like shit by the company around contract time. Great neo-realism feel throughout. Essential American cinema. 5 easy stars
Une oeuvre essentielle, voire mythique, incontournable film contestataire, aux étonnants propos féministes plutôt novateurs pour l'époque, traversée de part en part d'un stupéfiant souffle revendicatif, rappelant le meilleur des films politiques muets soviétiques. Ce film unique dans la production de l'époque, fut interdit durant onze ans par la fièvre et la transe maccarthystes. www.cinefiches.com
Had no reference, expectation or ever heard of this film. Watching it was a gift, I'm totally motivated to find out more bout cast and crew. Film is a wonderful twist/use of classic narrative with a social focus and merging social transformation, human rights and history into the structure of the film. The result is exciting and beautiful, photography is great too - an extra- for this surprising film.