80 years ago the movie “Casablanca” made its premier on November 26at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, the movie was rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier. In 1943, Casablanca was nominated …
Nov 26 2022
Apr 09 2010
Crossposted at Daily Kos
If you’ve ever watched the American Masters program on PBS, Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, and the Blacklist: None Without Sin, you know well that the program deals with the relationship between the two Hollywood titans during and after the years of the Hollywood Blacklist, one of the most disgraceful periods in recent American political history.
Elia Kazan was the brilliant and controversial film director; Arthur Miller the superb playwright. It was a complex relationship
Arthur Miller (left) and Elia Kazan
One of Kazan’s defenders is Arthur Miller, much to the disappointment of many on the left. Miller is one of the heroes of the McCarthy Era. He defied the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1956, and refused, unlike Kazan, to name those whom he knew to be “fellow travelers.” For this he was held in contempt of Congress, fined, and sentenced to jail time.