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Zero Mostel gives Woody Allen a piece of his mind.
Zero Mostel gives Woody Allen a piece of his mind.

Thumbnail for The Front (1976) The Front (1976)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 80
Notable as: Comedy-dramaGenre: Parody, Historical period drama, Political cinema, Political drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, DramaNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 94 - 95 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Martin RittScreenwriter: Walter BernsteinMusic: Dave GrusinCinematography: Michael ChapmanStars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Michael Murphy, Danny Aiello, Andrea Marcovicci, Herschel Bernardi, Remak Ramsay, Lloyd Gough, Charles Kimbrough Producer: Martin Ritt, Charles H. Joffe, Jack RollinsAwards won: Sølvklumpen for beste utenlandske kinofilmAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Walter Bernstein)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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The Front is a 1976 comedy-drama film about the Hollywood blacklist during the age of live television. It is written by Walter Bernstein, directed by Martin Ritt and stars Woody Allen and Zero Mostel. Because of the blacklist, a number of artists, writers, directors and others were rendered unemployable, having been accused of subversive political activities in support of Communism or of being Communists themselves. Several people involved in the making of the film – screenwriter Bernstein, director Ritt, and actors Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, and Lloyd Gough – had themselves been blacklisted. Bernstein was listed after being named in the Red Channels journal that identified alleged Communists and Communist sympathizers.


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