Monday, July 17, 2017

Hollywood & Race: 'Home of the Brave' (1949)

Based on a play by Arthur Laurents, "Home Of The Brave" recounts the story of a young Black soldier (James Edwards) who has suffered a nervous breakdown and developed psychosomatic paralysis. 

Crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission combined with a lifetime of racial discrimination. He may be able to walk again, but only if he can overcome his anger and frustrations. 

The film’s theme revolves around a diverse group of men subjected to the horror of war and their individual struggles. Home Of The Brave was one of Hollywood’s first bold statements regarding the issue of race.

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