Jan. 16: Trumbo
Dir: Jay Roach
USA, 2015 120 minutes
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane
Bryan Cranston stars as embattled screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in this powerful chronicle of the Hollywood blacklist era. One of Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriters,Trumbo was the most celebrated of those who saw their careers screech to a halt after they were brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee to answer questions about their suspected communist ties (unlike many on the blacklist, Trumbo was a member of the Communist Party). An outspoken member of the so-called “Hollywood Ten,” Trumbo refused to testify before HUAC, resulting in a year-long prison sentence and a prominent place on the studios’ blacklist. Unable to obtain film work under his own name, Trumbo did some of his finest work under various aliases.