The Salt Of The Earth

I’ve just watched an amazing American film from 1954 called The Salt Of The Earth

The film was made by blacklisted filmmakers and released during the height of Mcarthyism.

The film won several awards including the Crystal Globe award for best film but was suppressed by Hollywood distributors.

It’s really, really good. A lost masterpiece!

It’s amazing. 30’s Soviet Realism in 50’s USA. Reminds me most of Mother India from 1957. It’s really good!



About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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4 Responses to The Salt Of The Earth

  1. What in the world is 30’s Soviet Realism?

    • It was a style of film making that sought to give dignity to the working class by portraying them as heroic figures. It was initiated by Sergei Eisenstein with films like, The Battleship Potemkin.

      Unfortunately under Stalin it became the only mode of artistic expression permissible in the USSR and thus during the Cold War came to be stigmatised as being synonymous with oppressive propaganda. Even so it was hugely influential and as I say influenced films like Mother India and even The Grapes Of Wrath.

      Finished watching Salt Of The Earth now. It is really, really good. A lost masterpiece.

  2. Thanks for the clarification. Hey, don’t you have to get to bed? It’s late over there in London and I suppose you have to work tomorrow. It’s past your bedtime old man.

  3. I’ll have to see if Salt of the Earth is available from Netflix. We’ve got a couple of Lovejoy disks to finish watching first.

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