The Hollywood Blacklist: A History Talk Not So Local

Elia Kazan (here with Marlon Brando) used On the Waterfront to justify his actions as an informer.

Program Description: This talk by Rick Winston, author of the recently published Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960, explores the origins of the blacklist in the formation of the Screen Writers’ Guild in 1933, how the blacklist worked, and what led to the its end. Controversial personalities of the time (studio boss Louis B. Mayer, writer Dalton Trumbo, and director Elia Kazan, among others) are discussed and clips from films affected by the fear that consumed Hollywood, including High Noon, On the Waterfront, and Salt of the Earth will be shown.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 27, 6 – 7:30pm

In the late 1940s through the early 1960s, many screenwriters, directors, and actors were victims of what became known as the “Red Scare.” They were rendered unemployable due to their refusal to testify before Congressional committees, or refusal to inform on their friends and colleagues. 

Copies of Mr. Winston’s book, Red Scare in the Green Mountains, will be for sale, courtesy of Spotty Dog Books & Ale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the library and the author will be available to sign books. Refreshments will also follow the talk.

A native of Yonkers, New York, Rick Winston graduated from University of California. Berkeley and shortly afterward moved to Calais, Vermont. He owned and managed the Savoy Theater, Vermont’s premier art cinema, from its founding in 1981 until 2009 and was Programming Director of Montpelier’s Green Mountain Film Festival from 1999 to 2012. During the past few years, he has been lecturing and teaching on a wide variety of film topics, in addition to completing his book, Red Scare in the Green Mountains.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.