High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
- Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:00pm
- Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium - view map
ABOUT HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of An American Classic: It’s one of the most revered movies of Hollywood's golden age. Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant movie role, High Noon achieved instant box-office and critical success. But what is often overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal. In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was called to testify about his former membership in the Communist Party, facing the painful dilemma of whether to name names or sacrifice his brilliant career. As he pondered what to do, Foreman turned his screenplay into a parable about fear, repression and the cost of courage.
Glenn Frankel's new book tells the story of the making of a great American Western, set against the backdrop of a turbulent political era whose lessons resonate in our own troubled time. It can be pre-ordered below or from local book stores throughout the U.S.
Glenn Frankel is the author of HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. His most recent position was director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and he also spent four years as a visiting journalism professor at Stanford University. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa and Jerusalem, where he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising. He also served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine. His first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, was a finalist for the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. His latest, The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, published by Bloomsbury in 2013, was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. His new book project explores the Hollywood blacklist and the making of the classic western High Noon.
- Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies