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First-Friday Film at the Peace Center of Delaware County. A 70’s Classic, THE FRONT
February 2 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm FREE
(1976, Rated PG, Comedy – Drama, 1 hr 35 min, Directed by Martin Ritt, stars Woody Allen and Zero Mostel)
This 1976 acclaimed comedy drama with its serious and compelling theme vividly brings to life one of America’s most disturbing memories: the Communist “witch hunts” of the ’50s. Woody Allen stars as Howard Prince, a small-time restaurant cashier, part-time bookie is induced by a writer-friend to “front” for the submission of his TV scripts when he is blacklisted as an alleged subversive.
Howard is soon “fronting” for other writers. He becomes a celebrity and is lionized as television’s most brilliant and prolific young author. But when popular TV comic Hecky Brown (played by actual blacklisted comic Zero Mostel) is blacklisted and career is threatened, he agrees to keep Howard under surveillance. Howard is then summoned to appear before an anti-communist investigative committee and his stand before them brings about an unexpected dramatic conclusion.
THE FRONT was written by blacklisted screen writer Walter Bernstein, and directed by the legendary film maker, Martin Ritt. Ritt was the blacklisted director of such films as The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Hud, Hombre, and Norma Jean. Reviewing The Front for the New York Times, film critic, Vincent Canby wrote,”Even in its comic moments, The Front works on the conscience as it recreates the awful noise of ignorance that can still be heard.”
Co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148. For more information and complete directions, visit Peace Center of Delaware County website, www.delcopeacecenter.org .