Salt of the Earth (1954)
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Though it cannot help but lapse into dogma and didactics at times, Salt of the Earth is a powerful, persuasive labor-management drama. With the exception of five actors (including future Waltons star Will Geer), the cast is comprised of non-professionals, mostly participants of the real-life strike action upon which the film is based. Set in a New Mexico mining town, the film concerns the measures taken by the largely Hispanic union to improve working and especially living conditions for the
Mar 14, 1954 Wide
May 24, 2005
Joe T. Morales
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Salt of the Earth is a good, highly dramatic and emotion-charged piece of work that tells its story straight. It is, however, a propaganda picture which belongs in union halls rather than theatres.
The hard-focus, realistic quality of the picture's photography and style completes its characterization as a calculated social document.
One of the most daring "social problem" works in American film history, this movie, created by blacklisted artists, also shows the limitations of making a working-class film within the context of American culture.
Kudos are in order for this extraordinary film for all it has to say that rings true about workers' rights, racism, and feminism.
More than a typical Miramax/Tarantino extravaganza, it's films like this that establish the historical precedent and importance of truly independent American filmmaking.
This remains a fascinating and powerful movie as well as a significant piece of celluloid history.
An extraordinary film, made under extraordinary conditions and based on real events.
Unavoidable classic on a 1950 mine strike, made by McCarthy era blacklisted filmmakers.
Audience Reviews for Salt of the Earth
- Esperanza Quintero: I don't want anything lower than me. I want to rise and push everything up as I go.
- Esperanza Quintero: I don't want to go down fighting. I want to win.
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