March 23rd, 2015

rebel in hollywood

As a rule, I don’t watch the extras on DVDs because I have found them generally to be masturbatory filler. This has not been the case with the documentary Dalton Trumbo: Rebel In Hollywood found on 2009 DVD release.

This hour-long documentary explores the career of Dalton Trumbo, his struggles as a member of the Hollywood Ten, and the creative challenges he faced turning his celebrated novel JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN into a film. His son, Christopher Trumbo, narrates and discusses the film’s concept, the source novel, and his father’s life and Hollywood legacy. Trumbo’s former colleagues and a few stars, such as cinematographer Jules Brenner and blacklisted actress Marsha Hunt, comment on the screenwriter-director’s career.

I have seldom invested in a more instructive hour.

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