Miller, Kazan and Naming Names
r_chase at sympatico.ca
Thu Sep 4 21:31:19 MDT 2003
I saw the "American Masters" show on Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, and Marilyn
Monroe and have to say it was one hell of a meretricious white wash of
stool pigeon Elia Kazan. The story was spiced up to hold one's attention
by presenting a Confidential magazine type exposé of Marilyn's confused sex
life. But the documentary's bottom-line observation that the witchhunt only
had victims is patently false. The Hollywood Commies may have been
tragically flawed, but to present rat-fink Kazan as some kind of victim, as
the documentary does, is indicative of the documentary's moral bankruptcy.
The white wash of Kazan was so egregious that I don't think this documentary
could have been made in the 1970s or 1980s when there were still enough
Hollywood lefties around to make a stink and demand that the record be set
straight. In fact, I recall a PBS documentary made in the 1970s (or 1980s)
on HUAC and the Hollywood Ten narrated by Burt Lancaster that did coherently
present the case against HUAC and Kazan.
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Subject: Miller, Kazan and Naming Names
Last Night "American Masters" (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/)
aired a documentary on the political, personal and artistic
relationships between Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan that was a rare
fulfillment of the promise of a Public Broadcasting System ....
Dalton Trumbo, a blacklistee, once
said that in that battle there were no heroes or villains, only victims.
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