In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. This movie recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Dame Helen Mirren) to John Wayne (David James Elliott), Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman), and Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel).Written by
Cleo Trumbo uses her 35mm film camera to take an indoor photograph of her daughter Niki Trumbo for her 16th birthday. At the time, no cameras were able to take a clear picture indoor without an additional light source. Actually, such indoor use of this camera type was common at least a decade before the period of the film. See more »
As the credit scroll begins, photos of the real Dalton Trumbo, his family and other people portrayed in the film are shown. These are followed by historical footage of Trumbo giving an interview (from the same one where he acknowledges that he is 'Robert Rich'). See more »
I have seen so many documentaries about this era. The Hollywood blacklist, McCarthyism.
However, this takes a fresh, personal look at what happened. It shows how folks actually handled this, rather than just the circumstances of the time and newsreels of Congress hearings. How did they do it? This shows the how and when, the risks. Of course, Trumbo captures the full story of the persecution.
Stay to the very end of the film, stay for the credits as some of the clips they show are so meaningful.
I don't know if Trumbo was the person shown in the film, but if he was, he was an American hero. I think films like this represent the spirit, the best or worst of the spirit of what happened.
Trumbo wasn't just a hero from the look of it, he was also a survivor who made his way through the worst of it and came out on the other side.
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