Salt of the Earth
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Salt of the Earth
Though it cannot help but lapse into dogma and didactics at times, Salt of the Earth is a powerful, persuasive labor-management drama. With the exception of five actors (including future Waltons star Will Geer), the cast is comprised of non-professionals, mostly participants of the real-life strike action upon which the film is based. Set in a New Mexico mining town, the film concerns the measures taken by the largely Hispanic union to improve working and especially living conditions for the poverty-stricken workers. Remarkably prescient, given that the film was made long before the… More
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"Salt of the Earth is a good, highly dramatic and emotion-charged piece of work that tells its story straight. It is, however, a propaganda picture which belongs in union halls rather than theatres."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the most daring "social problem" works in American film history, this movie, created by blacklisted artists, also shows the limitations of making a working-class film within the context of American culture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This remains a fascinating and powerful movie as well as a significant piece of celluloid history."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"This is pretty amazing."
‑ , Time Out
"Kudos are in order for this extraordinary film for all it has to say that rings true about workers' rights, racism, and feminism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An extraordinary film, made under extraordinary conditions and based on real events."
‑ , Film4
"The hard-focus, realistic quality of the picture's photography and style completes its characterization as a calculated social document."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"More than a typical Miramax/Tarantino extravaganza, it's films like this that establish the historical precedent and importance of truly independent American filmmaking."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
"Unavoidable classic on a 1950 mine strike, made by McCarthy era blacklisted filmmakers."
‑ Moira Sullivan, FilmFestivals.com
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