Consider history context, influences of neorealism and/or Soviet montage.
1. How did Salt of the Earth compare to mainstream Hollywood films of its time (the 1950s)? What were its differences and similarities to a specific film you’re familiar with? (For reference, the highest grossing films of 1954 were Rear Window (Links to an external site.) and White Christmas (Links to an external site.), and Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront (Links to an external site.)won Best Picture at the 1954 Academy Awards. You may choose to speak generally (with one or two specific examples) or choose a film from the 1950s to compare Salt of the Earth to.
2. Give an example of how Salt of the Earth weaves together issues of race, gender, and class. You may want to choose a specific scene. Was it effective in doing so? Why or why not?