By Glenn Frankel
It's some of the most respected video clips of Hollywood's golden period. Starring monitor legend Gary Cooper and beauty Kelly in her first major movie position, High Noon used to be shot on a lean funds over simply thirty-two days yet accomplished quick box-office and demanding luck. It gained 4 Academy Awards in 1953, together with a most sensible actor win for Cooper. And it grew to become a cultural touchstone, usually mentioned by way of politicians as a favourite movie, celebrating ethical fortitude.
Yet what has been frequently missed is that High Noon used to be made in the course of the top of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and private betrayal. in the course of the movie shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was once pressured to testify sooner than the home Committee on Un-American actions approximately his former club within the Communist get together. Refusing to call names, he was once finally blacklisted and fled the us. (His co-authored screenplay for one more vintage, The Bridge at the River Kwai, went uncredited in 1957.) tested in gentle of Foreman's testimony, High Noon's emphasis on braveness and loyalty takes on deeper that means and importance.
In this ebook, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel tells the tale of the making of an exceptional American Western, exploring how Carl Foreman's idea of High midday evolved from thought to first draft to ultimate script, taking up allegorical weight. either the vintage movie and its turbulent political occasions emerge newly illuminated.
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High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel