Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth

Herbert J Biberman (1954)

94min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Probably the most left-wing movie ever made in America, Salt of the Earth represents an extraordinary act of defiance against McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist. Its subject is a strike by the miners of Zinc Town, New Mexico, but the picture opens a pandora's box of themes, ranging from immigrant workers, racism, the rights of women and the way that America's postwar economic boom passes these people by. Director Herbert J Biberman, producer Paul Jarrico, Oscar-winning writer Michael Wilson, composer Sol Kaplan and actor Will Geer were all blacklisted at the time and the film, financed by the Miners Union, was subject to constant FBI harassment and barely shown in cinemas. Not only a milestone in the political history of the cinema, it's still a riveting piece of work.

Summary

Fact-based drama chronicling the problems Hispanic workers have faced in their search for equality in the workplace. Yearning to gain the same treatment of their Anglo-American colleagues, they find their biggest source of prejudice is closer to home. Starring Will Geer and Rosoura Revue.

Cast & Crew

Actor Will Geer
Actor Rosoura Revue
Director Herbert J Biberman

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Film Traders Ltd
Drama