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TRUMBO

USA, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Documentaries)

Director: Peter Askin

TRUMBO

“He was probably the best writer of that time.” - Kirk Douglas

Blacklisted during the 40s and 50s, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was among the first victims of the anti-Communist fear mongering brought about during the McCarthy era. Cited for contempt of congress and jailed, Trumbo unwittingly became the leader and spokesman of the blacklisted group known as the ‘Hollywood Ten'. Weaving interviews, sound recordings and archival footage together to portray a man unwilling to be cowed by the paranoia of his time, Trumbo also features the talents of Joan Allen, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Nathan Lane and Liam Neeson, performing readings of the hilarious and uneasy private letters of Dalton Trumbo.

“It's really a portrait of a man and his courageous refusal to be defeated by a very frightened American government.” - filmmaker Peter Askin

D Peter Askin P Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell, Alan Klingenstein, David Viola S Christopher Trumbo WS ContentFilm International TD digibeta/2007/96mins

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