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The Red and the Blacklist: The Intimate Memoir of a Hollywood Expatriate

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Publisher Comments:

Norma Barzman's extraordinary memoir, The Red and the Blacklist, fizzes with the wit and energy of the classic Hollywood comedies of the forties. But it is also laced with the fear and claustrophobia found in the forties film noirs, as Norma and her husband Ben Barzman are driven from Hollywood--during the postwar McCarthyite witch hunt--into an emotionally difficult 30-year exile in France. While their hair-raising and amusing adventures continue, Ben battles depression as he attempts to rehabilitate his career, while frustrating Norma's own aspirations as a writer. She seeks solace in a string of affairs, one of them ending in a pregnancy that she aborts. However, Norma's passion for life, Ben and her seven children, and her radical instincts, shine throughout this dazzling memoir. 20 black-and-white photographs are included.

Review:

"Barzman writes a tantalizing expose of political, philosophical, and personal upheaval as only an insider can....a brooding, yet legitimate, perspective to a complex and confusing era in American history." Booklist

Review:

"A portrait emerges of a woman who has known pleasure: occasionally in her work; certainly in her children; often in romance, both in and out of marriage. The book is also a testament of anger toward the squalid congressional committee that made bean soup of the First Amendment, and toward the men who held her back — particularly her husband, for whom she often felt bitterness." David Freeman, The New York Times

Review:

"Sometimes funny, sometimes rueful memoir....Dishy, and substantial, contribution to film history, and to studies of the unfortunate McCarthy era." Kirkus reviews

Review:

"[R]eminds readers how hard it was for the Barzmans and other blacklisted reds to reestablish careers and lives unfairly and unnecessarily disrupted by the anti-communist witch hunt." Larry Ceplair, The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Her unique, absorbing and richly detailed memoir is a contribution to both, restoring women to the history of this period and documenting the bravery with which some people stood by their ideals." Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560254669
Subtitle:
The Intimate Memoir of a Hollywood Expatriate
Author:
Barzman, Norma
Publisher:
Nation Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Motion picture industry
Subject:
Screenwriters
Subject:
Blacklisting of entertainers
Subject:
Hollywood
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
976
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.30x6.36x1.63 in. 1.75 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Nation Books - English 9781560254669 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Barzman writes a tantalizing expose of political, philosophical, and personal upheaval as only an insider can....a brooding, yet legitimate, perspective to a complex and confusing era in American history."
"Review" by , "A portrait emerges of a woman who has known pleasure: occasionally in her work; certainly in her children; often in romance, both in and out of marriage. The book is also a testament of anger toward the squalid congressional committee that made bean soup of the First Amendment, and toward the men who held her back — particularly her husband, for whom she often felt bitterness."
"Review" by , "Sometimes funny, sometimes rueful memoir....Dishy, and substantial, contribution to film history, and to studies of the unfortunate McCarthy era."
"Review" by , "[R]eminds readers how hard it was for the Barzmans and other blacklisted reds to reestablish careers and lives unfairly and unnecessarily disrupted by the anti-communist witch hunt."
"Review" by , "Her unique, absorbing and richly detailed memoir is a contribution to both, restoring women to the history of this period and documenting the bravery with which some people stood by their ideals."
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