‘BRAVE ONE’ WAS TRUMBO’S MASTERPIECE
Before I see the biopic on blacklisted screen writer Dalton Trumbo, I had to see the 1956 RKO Cinemascope epic “The Brave One” filmed in Mexico. Trumbo was awarded an Oscar for his screenplay but couldn’t receive it until the 1970s because his political beliefs conflicted with the reactionaries in Congress. It was shown on TCM last night.
A heroic bull representing the working class is the hero in this story and the matador represents the oppressive aristocrats, they way I read this yarn. If ever a movie had to be in Cinemascope it was this one. Jack Cardiff’s photography is breath taking and Victor Young’s music is memorable. The Trumbo biopic is coming soon to theaters, but also see “The Brave One.”