Discussion with Sebastiaan Faber, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College and Chair of ALBA’s Board of Governors, to follow.
The Spanish Civil War made a great impression on the lives of most of the American artists of the 20th Century. Many films were made in Hollywood referring to this event, and the defeat of the Democratic Spain left an “open wound” in the heart of liberal actors, directors and screenwriters. The life of screenwriter Alvah Bessie is our track through this feeling. From his fighting in Spain with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in 1937 to his return to Spain 30 years later, where he was required to write his only film after being blacklisted as one of the “Hollywood Ten”.
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