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Learning Unlimited: Hollywood on Trial & The Hollywood Ten

Wed, January 25, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Hollywood on Trial & The Hollywood Ten

In October 1947, nineteen Hollywood personalities were subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities to testify about their knowledge or possible involvement in the American Communist Party. The first ten to be called refused to cooperate, claiming their first amendment rights, were cited for contempt of Congress and sent to prison. They became known as “the Hollywood Ten."

Join Oak Dowling to view and discuss scenes from The Hollywood Ten, in which each member of the eponymous group makes a short speech denouncing the inquisition and the resulting Hollywood blacklisting. This is a powerful and dramatic presentation of the terrible situation of these great artists. The Hollywood inquisition continued and led to the dramatics of the McCarthy years.

Also discussed are scenes from other documentaries, such as “Hollywood on Trial” and “Trumbo,” which offer a detailed look at the events leading up to the blacklisting of Hollywood writers. Plus, Woody Allen’s comic version “The Front” and Robert De Niro’s very serious version in “Guilty by Suspicion.”

$5 Member/$7 Public w/advance registration

$10 All day-of registration

Location: JCC Classroom

Please call 415.444.8000 to register.

Registrations are non-refundable.