Dalton Trumbo’s HUAC Testimony

This footage, captured on October 28th, 1947, shows Trumbo appearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones

Scorsese and his longtime collaborator Kent Jones discuss the creative process while creating A Letter to Elia, their a deeply personal film on Kazan, both a frank portrait and self-portrait.


About the Film

American Masters: Trumbo is adapted from his son Christopher’s 2003 play and based on the remarkable letters Dalton Trumbo wrote during the devastation wrought by the ‘Red Scare’ in mid-20th century. With credits for Kitty Foyle and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo to his name – and the anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun – the […]

Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin


Sen. Joseph McCarthy Throughout the 1940s and 1950s America was overwhelmed with concerns about the threat of communism growing in Eastern Europe and China. Capitalizing on those concerns, a young Senator named Joseph McCarthy made a public accusation that more than two hundred “card-carrying” communists had infiltrated the United States government. Though eventually his accusations […]