When Filmmaking Met Politics

“The blacklist was a time of evil. No one on either side who survived it came through untouched by evil. There was bad faith and good, honesty and dishonesty, courage and cowardice, selflessness and opportunism, wisdom and stupidity, good and bad on both sides. It will do no good to search for villains or heroes or saints or devils because there were none; there were only victims. Some suffered less than others, some grew or were diminished, but in the final tally we were all victims because almost without exception each of us felt compelled to say things he did not want to say, to do things he did not want to do, to deliver and receive wounds he truly did not want to exchange. That is why none of us — right, left, or center — emerged from that long nightmare without sin.”

— Dalton Trumbo
from his WGA Lifetime Achievement Award Speech

Dalton Trumbo  (1905-1976) (Screenwriter) Spartacus, Johnny Got His Gun, Papillon, as well as many “uncredited” titles due to persecution by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee.

Salon profile of Dalton Trumbo, June 26, 2008

Dalton Trumbo excerpt of HUAC testimony  One minute, twenty seconds and much funnier than you would imagine.

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