In Dubious Battle

Trailer for In Dubious Battle, which will screen at the Venice Film Festival.


In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up “in dubious battle” against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own-stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan, the strike is founded on his tragic idealism-on the “courage never to submit or yield.” Published in 1936, In Dubious Battle is considered the first major work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.While the film shows off an impressive cast, there was a bit of drama when it came to all the er, “smaller” roles. In an attempt to keep budget under control, extras and other background actors were required to take part in shots that would typically require stuntmen. These same people also reported that they had not been paid after production wrapped.

Spawning a little bit of drama, the Dirctors Guild of America finally stepped in and withheld a payment to James Franco in order to ensure all extras were paid accordingly. Even though it took a while for the supporting cast of In Dubious Battle to receive payment, this is supposedly not all that uncommon when dealing with low-budget productions. But, then again, you have to wonder what it cost to bring an ensemble like this together.

In Dubious Battle Trailer Screencap
If there is one thing that the In Dubious Battle trailer makes clear, it’s that this period film features one helluva cast. And, just when it starts to impress in regards to visuals and familiar faces, it is sure to show off some critical acclaim as well.

Cue some emotional music, splash on more visuals, and then be sure to introduce the cast one more time before the trailer wraps.

Can’t flaw this preview at all for what it strives to do. The film is set to begin a festival run, so most of its marketing should come from how well it scores with critics and whatever price the feature gets purchased for. Until then, the verdict is still out.
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