Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Front (1976)

IMDb plot summary: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Directed by Martin Ritt. Starring Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, and Andrea Marcovicci.

(Spoilers ahead.)

This movie walks an interesting line between comedy and drama. The subject, of course, is deadly serious, and there are a few extremely dark moments in the film, but overall it seems to be taking a more lighthearted, satirical look at this. It works most of the time, as the comedy is there but pretty understated, and that makes the more dramatic moments pop. I especially like seeing, as the credits rolled, how the film's director, writer, and several of its actors were all blacklisted themselves. It made the triumphant ending feel even more triumphant, and Woody Allen's tiny speech at the end was clearly what each one of them would have wanted to say to the committee. A smart, interesting movie.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Front > Dreamgirls
The Front > The Artist
The Front < Benny & Joon
The Front < Back to the Future Part III
The Front < Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Front > Zodiac
The Front < Flushed Away
The Front < Thermae Romae
The Front < 9
The Front > Quartet
The Front < Inherit the Wind

Final spot: #573 out of 2461.

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