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Salt of the Earth Movie Review Summary

Actors: Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis

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Based on the events of an actual New Mexico mine strike, this film examines lives in a company town inhabited predominantly by Mexican-American workers. The miners struck to gain wage parity with white workers. It also looks at the changing role of women in family life through the eyes of family matriarch Esperanza (Revueltas).

This film is a pivotal part of the canon from blacklisted Hollywood and was controversial because of this as well as its subject matter questioning mainstream ideas about race, class and gender. Geer, who plays the sheriff, was among those blacklisted actors.
The review of this Movie prepared by ldpaulson








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Script Analysis of Salt of the Earth

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   union leaders fighting for labor rights

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Small town?    -   Yes

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