That is a considerable feat given the constant harassment during every phase of work on the film from preproduction to distribution, resulting in a lack of money throughout, an inexperienced and understaffed crew and limited access to Hollywood technical facilities during editing. Ultimately, socialist realism is not substantially different from Hollywood wish fulfillment. The hard-focus, realistic quality of the picture's photography and style completes its characterization as a calculated social document. He saw the dramatic potential to examine how the mineworkers reacted when their wives took over the picket lines and they had to sit on the sidelines. When food supplies dwindle, they pool their resources and help each others families.
Both learn during the course of the film that, though their needs may differ, they can demand redress only if they join forces. In that scene Ramon accuses Frank, though not in so many words, of racism. The sheriff and his deputies, the mine foreman, and company representatives are caricatured as capitalist buddies whose ruthless hatred is motivated by evil. Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. At first the men condescendingly dismiss the womens complaints about unsanitary conditions, claiming, Leave it to the men. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces. He raises his hand to strike Esperanza.
They enjoy their job because of their scorn for and fear of the people. Then one of the wives points out that while the injunction forbids the miners from picketing, it doesn't say anything about the wives. After firemen came snooping they relocated again, this time to a vacant studio in Burbank. On the present days, the highly efficient Salt performs administrative work with her boss Ted Winter. To do so would have been politically impossible and historically inaccurate.
The company presents a injunction to the union, meaning any miners who picket will be arrested. The sheriff and his deputies do the job because they are in the employ of the bosses. In late summer, strikers descended upon three carloads of strikebreakers nearing the company entrance. Whereas Ramon and the other men of the community allow themselves to be cowed by authority, becoming increasingly easy prey for the divisive tactics of management and strike-breakers, Esperanza and the other women of the community present a more compelling and stubbornly resistant organised front. For every good or evil thing, there is an antagonist or opposing force.
Biberman, Herbert, Salt of the Earth: The Story of a Film , Boston, 1965. After eight years of litigation, they lost their suit. It does so by suggesting that racism serves the bosses by dividing the workers and setting them against one another. A stable environment is the key to survival. But something significant has been won, an inheritance for the future, a sense of hope and confidence and power to pass on to the children. It required a great deal of optimism to make a left-leaning movie like Salt of the Earth in the early 1950s, but director Herbert Biberman was, by many accounts, a great optimist. Must we assume that appeals to the heart preclude appeals to intelligence and good taste? Jackson tries… 502 Words 3 Pages Analysis of the Movie, The Yellow Earth In a village left behind as the rest of the China is progressing, the fate of women remains in the hands of men.
At times they conflict or seem to conflict with one another. Now the laborious job of post-production — the assembly and polishing of the film — began, and the movie industry made the process more difficult by throwing up as many roadblocks as it could. In France, he intended to pursue a career in economics but his life was changed when his wife Leila recognized his unique talent and urged him to invest in photographic equipment. After the second showing, author Michael Wilson rose to answer questions. Later, at another party, as the husband is swiveling away, the wive points at his butt and nods to the other wives. Making payments on a house is something that anyone can make a connection with. In style, the producers and director used actual miners and their families as actors in the film.
Esperanza a shrug of defeat : What has it got me, your union? The were cited and convicted for and jailed. Started by a number of Hollywood's blacklisted, it soon attained the status of a truly collective film enterprise, employing the talent and experience of many of those involved in the real events the film portrays as well as the original group of ousted Hollywood professionals. This reaction is able to occur in both directions. But the final filmic image is again of the people, as they leave the area. Jarrico asked his brother-in-law and fellow blacklistee, Michael Wilson, to write the screenplay. One of the key cinematic techniques that the film deploys to wonderfully expressive effect, is that of the montage.
You'll strike, maybe, for your demands—but what the wives want, that comes later, always later. When she returns home, Ramon tells her the strike is hopeless, as the company will easily outlast the miners. The workers must accept their wives demands for equality, in the same spirit that they require equality from the mine owners. Personally, I find the deliberately unobtrusive camera style appropriate to its subject. For example, when insufficient personnel and equipment for a moving camera dictated the use of a stationary one, Biberman decided to shoot scenes from the same angle but at a number of distances. Biberman shows a particular preference for framing his actors in stylised close-ups, with the camera either tilted upward in the first part of the film almost always when focusing on a male actor , or high-angled, looking down upon them most frequently when the women are talking to men, or the Mexicans are talking to their Anglo bosses.