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The Hollywood blacklist did not appear in a vacuum. The events leading to the blacklist will be discussed, with a special focus on individuals and movies of the era. The Hollywood 10 and 19 will be highlighted. The role of the witnesses brought before House Un-American Committee (HUAC), Red Channels, the Cold War, the studio guilds, and current events all contributed to the Red Scare.
The following movies were chosen because they were made by blacklisted individuals, were about the blacklist, or ended the blacklist. Class discussions will center around the impact of these movies. Tentative movies include: “Mission to Moscow”, “High Noon”, “On the Waterfront”, “Spartacus”. Some of the movies may be free, otherwise they are on Netflix or Amazon Prime for a fee. If the films become unavailable, I will make substitutions. For good discussions, the movies should be viewed before class.
This class will be offered as a hybrid, both in-person and online. This is the in-person option.
Instructors: Yolanda Alvarez, Leslye Friedberg
Yolanda Alvarez is a film buff who attends many film classes and film festivals. She enjoys discussing the relevance of popular culture in film and vice versa. Film noir is a genre she is particularly interested in.
Leslye Friedberg, Professor Emeritus, taught writing and humanities at Community College of Philadelphia and The University of Cincinnati. Her main areas of interest are interdisciplinary connections among literature, film, and art. For OLLI, she has taught film courses on the Holocaust in Film; The Screwball Comedy; and Great Hollywood Love Stories of the 1940s.
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