Mccarthyism In Walter Bernstein's 'The Front'
This kind of comic relief serves as an effective backdrop to the tragedies that were happening to the blacklisted writers and the people around them. In reviewing this film for The New York Times Vincent Canby said that the film influences the viewers conscience. ‘It recreates the awful noise of ignorance that can still be heard.’ (Canby, 1976) 2 . As this movie is not a historical documentary it can be said that there is an abscence of historical and political analysis to the film. Canby stated that there is a lack of direct political commentary; ‘The Front is not the whole story of an especially unpleasant piece of American history. It may be faulted for oversimplification.’. (Canby, 1976) 2. But even in its diluted version of the McCarthyism era this film is powerful in being a tool for transmitting information and reminding the people about the un-popular effects on a society that is