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Red Hollywood

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Hollywood has a complicated past with varying, even contradictory, ideologies—and communism has long been flirted with quietly (and boldly!) in films made during the Golden Age of Hollywood: 1929 through to the 1960s. Thus we offer two films on this contentious subject, a thorough documentary by Thom Andersen and Noël Burch guided by previously blacklisted voices, and an unusually bold view of communal working life during the Great Depression.

Red Hollywood

Thom Andersen, Noël Burch United States, 1996

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Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) alongside Noël Burch turn their exacting gaze onto the turbulent period of McCarthyism and its crusade against some of Hollywood’s finest artisans. An essential reckoning with American motion picture history and cinema’s capacity as a political art.

Our Daily Bread

King Vidor United States, 1934

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27 days

Following yesterday’s portrait of the tinseltown vs. McCarthyism, naturally we have to offer this great Depression-era drama that posits collectivism as an answer to poverty: King Vidor’s Our Daily Bread! A remarkable motion picture of social concern and a rousing curio from Hollywood’s golden age.

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