Strange Victory

Dir. Leo Hurwitz (1948) The most ambitious leftist film made in the US between Native Land and Salt of the Earth is this documentary noir, produced by Barney Rosset and directed by Leo Hurwitz. The movie was released during the 1948 election and articulates one of the themes of Henry Wallace’s third-party campaign: Americans won the war against Hitler but somehow, as embodied by lynchings, rightwing demagogues, and the House Un-American Activities Committee, “the native custom of race hatred was back.”
Thu., March 18, 6:45 p.m., 2010

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