Salt of the Earth:
The Story of a Film

by Herbert Biberman

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In the history of Hollywood there are few films with a history as dramatically riveting as that of Salt of the Earth. Made during the height of the McCarthy era by a group of blacklisted filmmakers who were among the best and the brightest Hollywood talent of the day, Salt of the Earth is itself a powerful and emotionally charged feature-length film. On the occasion of the film�s 50th anniversary, Harbor Electronic Publishing is proud to offer a new edition of Salt of the Earth: The Story of a Film by Herbert Biberman.

In 1952 three blacklisted Hollywood filmmakers set out to make a movie which would turn out to be a "crime to fit the punishment." One of the great union stories of all time, it was nevertheless smothered by corrupt Hollywood unions. Herbert Biberman and his partners Paul Jarrico and Academy Award winner Michael Wilson then struggled for more than 15 years to get their film seen. Years later, after two of the three partners had died, it would be one of the first films chosen to be listed in the National Film Registry - films to be preserved for all time. Only now, after fifty years, is it receiving its proper due.

Director Herbert Biberman's eloquent, dramatic story of the making of Salt of the Earth although it wasn�t suppressed - was given short shrift when it was first published in 1965. The blacklist was just ending; it was still too early to speak up and be heard.

This new edition, with an introduction by James Monaco, restores to circulation what is likely the most important "making of" book ever published. It is a story of true heroism and remarkable courage, with surprising relevance for our time. The twelve-year struggle to bring Salt of the Earth to the American people is a graphic record of the ravages of McCarthyism, and Biberman spares no one in his account of it. His story, however, is not one of despair and bitterness because he found - in the darkest moments - men of deep courage and conviction.

From the preface by James Monaco:

"Salt of the Earth: The Story of a Film, director Herbert Biberman's dramatic and wise saga of the film's notorious passage into history, is likely the most revealing and instructive narrative of the film business in the last fifty years. The story begins during the dark days of the blacklist and the Hollywood Ten, takes us through the adventurous production of an exciting and resonant film, continues with the valiant struggle to get the film seen, and concludes with the lengthy and persistent battle to achieve retribution in the courts."