Film and Television

35mm Screening of Salt of the Earth (1954)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

About the Event

Blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment for its depiction of labor activism, and made with the support of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, this film was inspired by the true story of a strike in New Mexico and used actual miners and their families as actors. An introduction by Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas, University of California, Irvine, considers the intergenerational and gendered underpinnings of mid-twentieth-century Latinx labor activism in U.S. mining towns and the role of women as community advocates and laborers in the U.S. mining economy. 
Directed by Herbert J. Biberman | Starring Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, and Will Geer | Screened in 35mm | Preserved by the Museum of Modern Art
Screened in conjunction with Gold at the [Au]try.

This ongoing series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explains its significance in the genre.

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