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IN PERSON: Un-American Activities: The Blacklist Era and Hollywood

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“Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

The answer to this question—or the refusal to answer it—cast hundreds of lives into turmoil at the dawn of the Cold War. The Red Scare that erupted in the 1940s allowed the House Committee on Un-American Activities to grab headlines by parading prominent Hollywood figures before the cameras. Witnesses could either defy the hearings at the risk of their own careers, or “name names”—inform on their colleagues and friends. The resulting blacklist threw many moviemaking professionals out of work.

This presentation, illustrated with film clips, tells the stories from this heartbreaking and scandalous era, and how notables such as Humphrey Bogart, Elia Kazan, and Charlie Chaplin were swept up in the frenzy. We’ll also ask a question: With today’s politics at a boiling point, are we living in such a period again?

  • When
  • March 1, 2024
    7:00 pm
  • Where
  • Sno-Isle Libraries-Camano Island Branch
    848 N Sunrise Blvd Camano Island, WA 98282 United States
  • Host
  • Sno-Isle Libraries
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