Film Review – THE FRONT (1976)

Front, The (1976; USA; Metrocolor; 95m) ∗∗∗∗  d. Martin Ritt; w. Walter Bernstein; ph. Michael Chapman; m. Dave Grusin.  Cast: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Michael Murphy, Andrea Marcovicci, Herschel Bernardi, Remak Ramsay, Josef Sommer, Lloyd Gough, David Margulies, Danny Aiello, Marvin Lichterman, Joshua Shelley, Norman Rose, Charles Kimbrough, Georgann Johnson. A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand. Poignant, funny and sharply scripted commentary on the blacklisting of artists during the US’s communist witch-hunt of the 1950s. Allen gives his most assured performance to date as the front of the title. Several people involved in this film were themselves on the McCarthy-era blacklists. Last on-screen film project for Mostel. [12]