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Tim Gratz
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Anyone know about Lester Cole who did a lot of photographic work in Cuba in the late 1950s, much of which can be seen at the Corbis website?

Tim,

I'm wondering if the Lester Cole you asked about is the same Lester Cole who was a part of the infamous Hollywood Ten who were charged by the HUAC with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate?

Ring Lardner Jr., Herbert Biberman and Dalton Trumbo also charged.

James

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Anyone know about Lester Cole who did a lot of photographic work in Cuba in the late 1950s, much of which can be seen at the Corbis website?

Tim,

I'm wondering if the Lester Cole you asked about is the same Lester Cole who was a part of the infamous Hollywood Ten who were charged by the HUAC with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate?

Ring Lardner Jr., Herbert Biberman and Dalton Trumbo also charged.

James

H. "Max" Biberman is quite interesting. He made the film SALT OF THE EARTH

while under blacklist pressure (it is really fine film, & in many video stores)

Biberman went all the way to the Supreme Court to sue Howard Hughes

for restraint of trade and conspiracy. HUGHES sent out a fax (telex)

showing how to block Biberman in the film developing lab, the editing unions,

the print labs, the distibution, the theaters, etc, and the Hollywood industry

went along...Biberman filmed in Mexico and the Southwest, cut the film in

a YMCA bathroom, printed it under a false name (vaya con dios) and showed

it in sleazy independent theaters....he lost the supreme court case because the

telex from HOWARD HUGHES ordering the suppression of the film was not

SIGNED ..... great director, great film (the stars were real labor leaders from

the original strike in Mexico that the story was based on).

Back to this Cuban based Photographer Lester Coles, was he blacklisted?

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