He was Hollywood’s greatest screenwriter. His words still resonate today. He defied a committee, he defied the system. They took his honor. They took his freedom. So Dalton Trumbo went to war. But the ending could only be written by him.
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Interestingly told story told using the subject's own words. They readings weren't bad but the Nathan Lane one was probably the highlight. If my dad ever wrote a letter like that and gave me a book about masturbation I'd write a play for and about him, too.
if i'm not mistaken, Kirk Douglas asked Stanley Kubrick what he should do about using Trumbo's real name on the credits of SPARTACUS during the 'blacklist' days and Kubrick replied he could use his name... that's when Douglas decided to give Trumbo his well deserved recognition, regardless of what hit's the fan... Bravo, Kirk!!!
Only intermittently enlightening--and a little over-praising--but a generally good primer on Trumbo: the man, the myth, the legend. Trumbo's words still resonant, so hopefully this will inspire people to seek out his writing--film and prose.
Handsomely made, but somehow underwhelming documentary delves deep into the life and personality of legendary screenwriter and blacklist victim Dalton Trumbo - but it seems to be missing something. The readings from an all star cast - while providing some great performances from some very talented actors - sounds better in concept than it actually is. There are some strong moments, but overall a disappointment.
Blacklisted from Hollywood, Trumbo had an uncommon motivation to rant and rave from his various points of exile, sending sharply damning letters in all directions. The undampened spirit of the writer is revealed via successive letter readings, each fine, affecting and often very hilarious.
Highly enjoyable, educational and nicely put together. The spirit of the theatre works very well as a medium for presenting historical data even though some performers added a bit too much "acting" to the scene.
The very intimate monologues concerning so many aspects of human growth and change seem to have the power of directing the full focus to the story and creating such a personal interest in his words and deeds
Only a very interesting man could be the subject of such a boring film and and still seem interesting. Very few of the celebrity readings felt genuine. Most just felt like they flipped on their "ACTING" switch and hammed it up.