Schaefer, Janek - Alone At Last
Releasedatum: 23 september 2009
This is the official edition of "Salt of the Earth," an American Neorealist classic, and the only version produced under license from the filmmakers' families. In addition, this digitally-enhanced transfer is far superior to all other versions. Based on actual events, this landmark film depicts a strike by Mexican-American mineworkers in New Mexico. With the exception of 5 actors, the cast comprises non-professionals, mostly participants in the real-life strike. The film is remarkably prophetic in its portrayal of the wives of the oppressed workers which seem to anticipate the women's liberation movement that would rise over a decade later. Against a backdrop of social injustice, a riveting family drama is played out by the characters of Ramon & Esperanza Quintero, a Mexican-American miner and his wife. During the strike, Ramon & Esperanza find their roles reversed: an injunction against the male strikers moves the women to take over the picket line, leaving the men to domestic duties. The women evolve from the men's subordinates into their allies & equals. The film's very existence is the result of political struggle. In the history of Hollywood there are few films with a story behind its making as dramatically riveting as that of "Salt of the Earth." Made during the height of the McCarthy era by a group of blacklisted filmmakers who were among the best and the brightest of that era's Hollywood talent, SOTE is itself a powerful and emotionally charged feature-length film. For the first time, this DVD presents the film in context. It tells the true story of this troubled production, while also introducing the filmmakers and examining the historical background of the film. During production, the blacklisted cast & crew were subject to attacks by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and other anti-Communist organizations. These attacks were misguided, however, as "Salt of the Earth" is now considered one of the most important American films in history.
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