Celebrate the opening weekend of Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare with a double feature focusing on the award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo! In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode and beloved film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.
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Sunday, May 7, 2023
About the Program
Celebrate the opening weekend of Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare with a double feature centered on the award-winning Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo!
A member of the Communist Party and one of the Hollywood Ten, Trumbo was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was imprisoned for eleven months. While Blacklisted, Trumbo continued to write under pseudonyms, and eventually "broke" the Blacklist in 1960.
In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode and beloved film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, author of the popular movie review compendium Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide.
- 11:00 am—Trumbo
A singular account of the life of one of Hollywood’s greatest screenwriters told in his own words. This 2007 doc features Trumbo's letters detailing his personal and professional life—including his imprisonment—read by Joan Allen, Nathan Lane, Liam Neeson, and others. Directed by Peter Askin. (2007, 96 min. Rated PG-13.)
- 12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A with Leonard Maltin
Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode.
- 2:00 pm—The Prowler
Perhaps the most provocative feature produced in Hollywood during the Blacklist period, this lesser-known Trumbo-penned noir follows a policeman whose obsession with a married woman leads to murder. Directed by Joseph Losey. (1951, 92 min. No MPAA rating.)
Look out for Trumbo-related artifacts in the exhibition! Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare features select Trumbo scripts, his Oscars for Roman Holiday and The Brave One, letters and drawings from his daughter Mitzi as a young girl, and more.
Preview the Films
Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible by generous support from the following donors:
The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
Stephanie and Harold Bronson
Lori and Scott Cooper/Pegasus Squire
Billie B. and Steven G. Fischer Foundation
The Keston Family
In Memory of George Litto by Andria Litto
TZ Projects & Friends
Peter and Julie Weil