Salt of the Earth

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Released 1954

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Director:
Herbert J. Biberman
Released:
1954
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Witness the film that dared to defy McCarthy-ravaged Hollywood and the blacklist! Directed in 1953 by one of the infamous "Hollywood Ten," Herbert J. Biberman, Salt of the Earth was a collaborative effort by some of the most notable and talented blacklisted filmmakers, including Michael Wilson (Lawrence of Arabia), Paul Jarrico (Tom, Dick and Harry) and Will Geer (In Cold Blood). Despite severe pressure from the US government and such powerful figures as RKO studio chief Howard Hughes, this award-winning team created one of the most compelling family dramas and heart-rending romances of the 1950s. Based on the 1950 strike by zinc miners of Local 890 of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers in Silver City, New Mexico, Salt of the Earth explores the complex issues of labor relations, minority rights and the struggle of women to achieve equality in their daily lives. Against a backdrop of social injustice, a riveting family drama is played out by the characters of Ramon and Esperanza Quintero, a Mexican-American Union leader and his wife.moreless

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