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Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth
1:32:17 | 1954

Categories: Classic Movies, History, Drama, Politics, Latino

Selected by the National Film Registry for preservation by the Library of Congress in 1992, SALT OF THE EARTH (1954) centers on a long, difficult workers’ strike against a New Mexico mining company and the prejudiced treatment of Mexican-American workers. Ramon Quintero (Juan Chacon) fights for equal pay as well as health and safety issues, but at home he mistreats his wife, Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas). When the men are forced to end their picketing, Esperanza joins the other women who demand to play a role in the strike—against their husband’s wishes. Created by two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Wilson (The Bridge on the River Kwai), director Herbert J. Biberman, producer Paul Jerrico and composer Sol Kaplan—members of the "Hollywood Ten" who were all blacklisted in the industry for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)—SALT OF THE EARTH is a powerful, persuasive drama that continues to educate and inspire.

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