Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, November 28, 2008

9:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Fees Apply
  • Film
  • For Adults

(USA/2008/directed by Peter Askin)

“The stirring documentary Trumbo gives you reasons to cheer but also to weep. It makes you lament the decline of the kind of language brandished with Shakespearean eloquence by Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, in his witty, impassioned letters excerpted in the movie. Some of those letters are delivered as forceful dramatic soliloquies by a battery of distinguished actors including Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Nathan Lane, Liam Neeson, David Strathairn and Donald Sutherland. Another cause for lament is the shortness of historical memory in today’s climate of infinite distraction. Who cares what happened way back then? But we should care. If the story of the Hollywood blacklist and the lives it destroyed has been told before, it still bears repeating, especially in the post-9/11 climate of fearmongering, of Guantánamo, of flag pins as gauges of patriotism.” (96 min.) –Stephen Holden, The New York Times

The man captured by this penetrating film was such a hard-shelled and eloquent SOB that he never saw himself as a victim. That’s Trumbo’s message – that the true victim was America.”  -Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly