The Front (1976)
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The McCarthy-era "witch hunts" in the entertainment industry set the stage for this comedy drama set in the 1950s. Howard Prince (Woody Allen) is a cashier at a corner bar who works as a small-time bookie on the side, with little success. One day, Howard's old friend Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy), a successful television writer, makes a business proposal to him; Alfred's leftist political views have resulted in him being blacklisted from the major television networks, and he can no longer get
Sep 17, 1976 Wide
Feb 17, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment
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The tragedy implied by this character tells us what we need to know about the blacklist's effect on people's lives; the rest of the movie adds almost nothing else.
As directed by Martin Ritt and played by Woody Allen, this is a well intentioned but oversimplified tale, which is mostly useful as an historical reminder of a shameful chapter in Hollywood's blacklisting era
Although made by those who were punished by being blacklisted during that period, the film disappoints by being so politically mild.
Any reminder of the tribulations undergone by the blacklistees serves a useful and eye-opening purpose, but good intentions and a sense of martyrdom don't by themselves fill the glass.
The Front may not be all you need to know about the 1950's blacklist tragedy, but it's certainly one of the finest films ever made on the subject.
Bernstein smartly suggests how capitalism actually benefited from the oppression of suspected communists.
Proves that no one can escape the long and intrusive arm of politics and evade involvement
A well-balanced story of McCarthyism.
Audience Reviews for The Front
- Florence Barrett: I was very well bred--the kind of family where the biggest sin was to raise your voice.
- Howard Prince: In my family the biggest sin was to pay retail.
- Howard Prince: And, furthermore, you can all go fuck yourselves.
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