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Critic's pick: REDCAT holding a rare screening of 'Red Hollywood'

Critic's pick: REDCAT holding a rare screening of 'Red Hollywood'
Beatrice Pearson and Thomas Gomez star in "Force of Evil," which is included in the documentary "Red Hollywood." (REDCAT)

If you like to plan a bit ahead and are in the mood for a film that is truly iconoclastic, mark Jan. 27 for a rare screening of the documentary "Red Hollywood."

As directed by Thom Andersen (who will appear in person) and Noël Burch, "Red Hollywood" takes dead aim at the conventional wisdom that says the filmmakers who were blacklisted for Communist Party affiliations were not especially talented and unable to get much political content into their work.

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Dealing with a wealth of obscure material by writers and directors who were either party members or sympathizers, "Red Hollywood" includes clips from more than 50 films, many of them close to unknown today. Even familiar pictures are shown in a new, provocative and, yes, subversive light.

Screening at 8:30 p.m. at REDCAT (inside the Disney Hall complex), 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles. Info and tickets: (213) 237-2800 or http://www.redcat.org.

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