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The communists are seen as stupid, petty and anti-intellectual, and they are committed to stifling all individuality and shaping it to fit the party line. In Man on a Tight Rope Kazan constructed a conventional melodrama, devoid of real people, whose main aim was preachily to propagate an anti-communist line and to help Kazan get off the committee's hook. In 1954, however, Kazan's craft revived with his Academy THE FIFTIES 47 award-winning direction of On the Wateifront (a film dealing with union corruption on the New York waterfront).
But her ultimate punishment is being betrayed and treated with contempt by her spoilt, evil, eldest daughter Veda (Ann Blyth), for whom Mildred has sacrificed everything so that she can become a lady. For Mildred, no matter how successful and obsessively self-sacrificing she becomes, never gains her monstrous daughter's love and respect. In fact, Veda is so pretentious that despite Mildred's success she continues to treat her mother as if her life has been irrevocably tainted by Mildred's having to work for a living.
Statements like these only serve to underscore the despair and cynicism that were so much a part ofjilm noir. Nevertheless, despite their sense of universal corruption they had little sense of society (though there were exceptions like Abe Polonsky's Force of Evil, 1948). But mainly they defined corruption in psychological and more often in metaphysical terms, where 28 AMERICAN FILM AND SOCIETY SINCE 1945 human beings could only stand impotent and helpless in the face of evil. 25 An insight which she qualified by stating that this theme and the audience's response to it were in the main unconscious.