The 1960s saw the return to the mainstream of several film professionals who had been blacklisted in the anti-communist panic of the late 1940s and 1950s. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, when America was experiencing social and political upheaval – the fight for civil rights and the anti-war movements – these filmmakers found their progressive politics were now more in tune with the times. These films invite audiences to re-think the contribution of Hollywood’s blacklistees to American cinema of this period. Far from being a spent creative force, these films show that formerly blacklisted directors, actors, and screenwriters made a vital contribution to the re-invigorating of cinema in one of American film’s most creative eras.
Season notes by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford, and Senior Visiting Curator at HOME in Manchester.

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