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
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!!!
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.