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Dan Carrier’s movies news

09 February, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

FILM Club news from our friends at the Tufnell Park Film Club.

They are screening the excellent Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, pictured, Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Diane Lane. Dalton Trumbo’s screenplays for films such as Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, and Spartacus, starring Kirk Douglas, won Oscars.

But Trumbo wasn’t there to pick up the statuette: instead, he had been forced to write the films under another name because of the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s. He was forced to work undercover during the 50s and eke out a living penning B-movies as well, simply because he was a man who stuck to his principles.

Trumbo had seen the devastating effects of the Wall Street Crash and Depression that followed – and while supporting Roosevelt’s New Deal, had joined the American Communist party.

Made to appear in front of the Un-American Activities Committee, he refused to testify and was sent to prison. Blacklisted on his release, he had to find new ways to ply his trade.

This super biopic has Cranston as the chain-smoking writer, and Mirren revels in the role as right-wing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Other stand-outs include Dean O’Gorman as Kirk Douglas, who helped Trumbo with Spartacus, and a wonderful turn by David James Elliott as John Wayne, who promoted McCarthy’s nasty politics. Released in 2016, it’s a must see.

On Tuesday, February 13, at 7pm, at the Lord Palmerston, Dartmouth Park Hill.

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