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This Day in Film History:
November 24


1947:

Fifty industry leaders meet at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York in response to the House Un-American Activities Committee. After the meeting, they issue a statement, effectively blacklisting the "Hollywood Ten", actors and directors called before the committe who refused to testify.

1948:

The landmark film The Bicycle Thief opens in Italy.

1959:

Having premiered in New York six days earlier, the William Wyler/Charelton Heston epic Ben Hur opens in Los Angeles. The film goes on to win a record 11 Academy Awards, a distinction it shares with Titanic.





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