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Cinematheque . Film Schedule . SALT OF THE EARTH

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Film Classics in 35mm!


United States | 1954 | Herbert J. Biberman


It’s a miracle that this landmark labor classic was ever made. It was written, produced, and directed by three men who had been blacklisted by Hollywood; financed by a union that had been expelled from the CIO because of its alleged communist leadership; and denounced by the U.S. House of Representatives and denied screens by theater owners when finally finished. Despite all that, this indie milestone survives today (and was even added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1992.) Inspired by a true case, Salt of the Earth chronicles a long, painful strike by New Mexico zinc miners. The movie was years ahead of its time. It was shot in a neorealist style with a largely non-professional cast of real miners and their families; it promoted feminist attitudes two decades before the ERA; and it exposed the inequities between Mexican-American workers and their “Anglo” counterparts. “No American film is more inspiring and emotionally satisfying.” –Danny Peary, Cult Movies II. Archival print! 94 min.

This is the second in an ongoing series of labor-related films co-presented and co-sponsored by the United Labor Agency. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, those age 25 & under, and those with union cards $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Thanks to Lia Benedetti Jarrico.

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Sunday 4/23
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at the Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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General Admission: $10
Member: $7 (includes CIA and CSU I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $7 (proof of age required)

*Additional film on the same day: $7 or the member price for that film.

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