written by Souranath Banerjee
A rare biography that is bold enough to name the right names.
My Ratings: 4.1/5.
Occasionally, some justice can be served by simply letting everyone know of the past injustice.
Trumbo, is not only an entertaining film by itself, but also a brilliant portrayal of the historic event of ‘Hollywood blacklist’; the shameful McCarthy era of government injustice, documented and represented with great passion and precision.
Based on the life of two-times Academy Award Winner, American screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, the film takes us to the mid1940s America, when cold-war was at its peak and communism was a direct threat.
It was the time when employment was denied to many talented American entertainment professionals because of their political beliefs; just because they were suspected Communist sympathizers or members of the Communist Party.
And thus, the ‘Hollywood Ten‘, a group of ten most acclaimed writers and directors of Hollywood (including Dalton Trumbo) were cited for contempt of Congress, and were not only declined from their jobs and respectable positions but also sentenced to prison without committing a single crime.
With Hedda Hopper (one of America’s most famous gossip columnist) and John Wayne (one of America’s most celebrated actor) in the forefront, the Motion Picture Association of America mistrusted and mistreated some of the most talented writers of the time.
A terrible injustice that cannot be undone.
But Dalton Trumbo was a man not to be silenced. As one of the poster of the film proudly say “When they tried to silence him, he made the world listen”. A devoted family man and an exceptional writer, though blacklisted he kept on writing remarkable screenplays one after another, without using his own name!
The film manages to capture both Trumbo’s genius and his never-give-up attitude perfectly.
Trumbo is a film that is unapologetically true to its content and tells a story that desperately needs to be told.
Though 2 hours screen-time seems a tad lengthy for the film but yet, a must watch biography for all you film lovers.
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com.