Directed by Martin Ritt. US. 1976. PG. 1 hour 35 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Sun., October 8, 2017
During the McCarthy witch hunts, blacklisted writers who wanted to work in the entertainment industry had two choices: move to Europe or hire a front. Woody Allen stars in this comedy/drama as Howard Prince, a cashier/bookie, who pretends to be a writer so he can sell TV scripts for his blacklisted friend Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy). When the scripts are bought and Howard becomes a success, the House Un-American Activities Committee grows suspicious of this overnight writing genius. Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, The Front features blacklisted talent in front of and behind the camera, including actor Zero Mostel (The Producers), screenwriter Walter Bernstein (Fail-Safe) and director Martin Ritt (Hud, Norma Rae).