Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Elia Kazan and the Blacklist

StoryMarch 19, 1999
Watch iconWatch Full Show
Topics

On March 21, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences will award a lifetime achievement award to director Elia Kazan, who is known for his work in "Gentleman’s Agreement," "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." He is also known for cooperating with the House Un-American Activities Committee, and informing on what McCarthyism referred to as "subversives"–fellow directors, screenwriters and actors affiliated with the Communist Party.

Kazan’s supporters claim that art is separate from politics and that Kazan should be recognized for his achievements. Those opposed to awarding an Oscar to Kazan say that art and politics cannot be separated and that Kazan, who received two Oscars during his career, ruined the lives of many of his colleagues in the movie industry. They add that his complicity with McCarthyism added enormous power to the Hollywood blacklist, and that he should apologize for his conduct in the 1950’s.

Guests:

  • Norma Barzman, blacklisted screenwriter, and widow of writer Ben Barzman.
  • Phoebe Brand, blacklisted actress who was named by Kazan before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
  • Becca Wilson, daughter of Michael Wilson, whose screenwriting credit and Oscar for "Bridge Over the River Kwai " were denied for years due to the blacklist, and finally were awarded out of public view. He also wrote "Salt of the Earth," "Lawrence of Arabia," and other works.

Related links:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation