Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance with the Left
, 2005 - History
- 309 pages
Until now, Hollywood’s political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the 'nightmare' of the Red Scare. But in 'Red star over Hollywood', Ronald and Allis Radosh show that the real drama of that era lay in the story of the movie stars, directors and especially screenwriters who joined the Communist Party or traveled in its orbit, and made the Party the focus of their political and social lives. The authors also show the Party’s attempts at influencing filmmaking; their greatest achievement being the film Mission To Moscow, which justified Stalin’s great purge trials. Based on a new and extensive interview with writer Budd Schulberg, 'Red star over Hollywood' opens up the Party cells and discussion groups that defined Hollywood radicalism. Ronald and Allis Radosh also bring their story into the present, describing how the men and women who agitated for Communism a half-century ago created a legacy used by Jane Fonda and others of the Hollywood Left of the 1960s, and by celebrities such as Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss and Sean Penn in the turbulent filmland politics of today.