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Hollywood’s Blacklisted Story of Shame

By David Johanssen

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were shamefully jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, he refused to give the names of colleagues with supposedly communist sympathies. Learn more about this dark time in tinsel town Saturday, May 20, at 5pm as Shelter presents Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston. Detroit News calls it, “a fascinating period in Hollywood history … glossy, old-fashioned fun anchored by a magnetic, theatrical turn from Cranston.”

Film
Bonnie and Clyde
Fri, May 19, 5pm
100 pesos (inc drink)

Film
Trumbo
Sat, May 20, 5pm
100 pesos (inc drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Tesla Master of Lightning
Wed, May 24, 5pm
100 pesos (inc drink)

Film
Cool Hand Luke
Fri, May 26, 5pm
100 pesos (inc drink)

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Friday, May 19, at 5pm: Bonnie and Clyde. This film caused major controversy by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. The Hollywood Reporter asserts, “After nearly a half century, the film’s influence is still overwhelming and obvious.” Rob from the rich; give to the poor. What message is better suited to today’s events?

Wednesday, May 24, at 5pm: Nikola Tesla Master of Lightning. Join us as we examine the life and work of Tesla, a man who many claim was a scientific genius and inspired Elon Musk. Did Tesla discover “free energy” and was his research into alternative energy the victim of a conspiracy between the scientific establishment and governments? “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”—Nikola Tesla.

Friday, May 26 at 5pm: Cool Hand Luke. Paul Newman fights “the man” and his system as he portrays a harmless prisoner in a southern chain gang who refuses to submit to the little man with a gun who claims, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Time magazine calls it, “A picture of chilling dramatic power.”

Open Mic every Tuesday at 7:30pm. If you want to claim your ten minutes of fame, “Open Mic” is the place for you! Got a story or a song? We’re looking for performers for Open Mic and all this month, they’ll enjoy free cover, every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Audience 50 pesos, includes drink.

“So, where the heck is Shelter Theater?” Nearby! Our logo’s on the Qué Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner, an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardín. See our calendar at sheltervg4.com for dates and online tickets. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for private events. Like us on Facebook, Trip Advisor, and the Civil List!

 

 

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