Trumbo film­comes up trumps

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOVIES - PETER LAMPP

Fans of dra­matic bio films need look no fur­ther than Trumbo.

A true story, Trumbo is a riv­et­ing mix of gen­uine old black-and-white footage and reen­act­ment of shunned Hol­ly­wood screen writer, Dal­ton Trumbo’s bat­tles with lead­ing Amer­i­can politi­cians and movie barons.

His di­a­logue is en­tranc­ing from go to whoa, as you would ex­pect.

While the script de­liv­ers, so does Bryan Cranston in the lead role.

And He­len Mir­ren, ex­pertly play­ing a right bitch, the in­fa­mous gos­sip colum­nist Hedda Hop­per.

Trumbo was one of the Hol­ly­wood-10 scriptwrit­ers who were black­listed be­cause of their political per­sua­sions. In Trumbo’s case he was a mem­ber of the (gasp) Com­mu­nist Party.

Since the reds-un­der-the beds story hap­pened dur­ing the late 1940s and into the 1950s, it’s not fresh in many of our mem­o­ries, but it makes a rip­ping yarn.

Don’t laugh, be­cause in the con­ser­va­tive Amer­i­can heart­land of to­day, chumps such as Don­ald Trump are just as likely to try to squash any­one they per­ceive to be an­tiAmer­i­can.

It’s not il­le­gal to­day to be a mus­lim in Amer­i­can and nor was it il­le­gal to be a com­mie in the 50s. That was un­til Sen­a­tor

Brian Cranston as black-listed Hol­ly­wood film writer Dal­ton Trumbo.

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