Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth

DVD - 1999
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A semidocumentary of the year-long struggle by Chicano zinc miners in New Mexico striking against unsafe working conditions. When an injunction is issued against the workers from picketing, the wives take up battle with a fury, leaving the husbands to care for home and children. They finally overcome the forces of the mine owner and the law that backs them up.
Publisher: [United States] : Pioneer : Organa : Pop, c1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Hollywood ten

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empbee
May 10, 2016

A classic of the early days of the unions, women' rights, labour issues in America.

Tracylynnpiatt Aug 06, 2014

I read about this movie in the book, "Women Labor Activists in the Movies" by Jennifer L. Borda. I can't wait to watch this movie, as well the the other movies mentioned in this book!

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Monolith
Aug 13, 2013

I sought this one out based on its political significance, and its notoriety on being the only blacklisted film ever in American history. I admittedly have a fondness for nostalgia, i.e. films, music, cars of the '40s, '50s, '60s (and beyond), but it must have been hell for those innocents persecuted by whackjobs subscribing to the McCarthy-ist paranoia during that disgraceful period. (According to IMDb) This film was made by blacklisted filmmakers, (and one actor that I'm aware of -- Will Geer), who had to secretly develop the film at night, and even had death threats made on them. The lead actress who played Esperanza was branded as a Communist after completing the film, and was deported back to Mexico! It wasn't shown in the U.S. until 1965, and as a backhanded compliment, was listed with The National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in '92. The acting is very amateurish, but the premise and their bravery is what matters, and for the courageous souls involved, I applaud you. Thank God those oppressive Communist-hunting witch-trial cavemen are all (hopefully) dead and buried, and their dementia too.

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Aug 13, 2013

Esperanza Quintero: "Ramon, I don't like to bother you, but the store, they say, uh, we will not make another payment on the radio this month, they'll come and take it away... We're only one payment behind... I argued with her. It isn't right." Ramon Quintero: "It isn't right, she says. Was it right that we bought this... this instrument? But you *had* to have it, didn't you. It was *nice* to listen to." Esperanza Quintero: "I listen to it... every night... when you are out at the beer parlor." Ramon Quintero: "...'No money down'. 'Easy term payments'. I tell you something -- This installment plan -- it's a curse on the working man!" (storms out)

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