TRUMBO Thrills And Sends Clear Message About Political Freedom
James and I watched one of those films that could be shown in an American civics or history class and be called an educational tool. Simply remarkable not only for the all too real story it told of the House Un-American Affairs Committee’s attempts to smear people for their political beliefs, but also for the undermining of employment and friendships with those who had communist sympathies.
The film also was stylistically beautiful. When Trumbo finally is able to return to the screen his name is reflected in the most touching way on the lenses of his glasses and makes all watching the film do a hand pump in the air.
The heart of the story was about the successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and how it came to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper who is a merciless witch, to the jar-neck and dead-head John Wayne, to snazzy and courageous Kirk Douglas, and the brave and far-sighted Otto Preminger.
This movie is perfect for this time in our country. It fits the present mood of the people as there is great dismay about the fate of our nation after the election along with real fears and doubts so many are experiencing. This movie is troubling and also uplifting as it shows the liberal perspective endures and wins.