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Though cynical about the Hollywood culture, he exults in the collaborative process of creating stories for a camera: “I loved being inside a studio, watching how a film was made, the craft that went into it, the teamwork among the makers, the unstated pride in their work.” Banished from that world by ideological inquisitors who deliberately targeted an industry that was most visible and vulnerable, Bernstein was prevented from writing openly for movies or TV. Intent on intimidation, FBI agents periodically accosted him, interrogated his friends, and inspected his garbage. Yet despite government harassment and economic hardship, Bernstein endured his ordeal more successfully than other blacklist victims, casualties of depression, exile, prison and suicide. As a screenwriter, he had an advantage over actors, directors and others forbidden for political reasons from making a movie: he did not have to show up on the set. Bernstein describes how he sustained his career, and his income, by submitting material under a false name, through a series of unlikely surrogates willing to pretend that they actually wrote his script. One, fond of dangling from dangerous window ledges, eventually gave up the job because passing off Bernstein’s work as hers threatened her fragile ego; another because the quality of the scripts offended his exalted sense of self. Bernstein finds irony in the sly contributions he was able to make to the TV series You Are There: “In that shameful time of McCarthyite terror, of know-nothing attempts to deform and defile history, to kill any kind of dissent, we were able to do shows about civil liberties, civil rights, artistic freedom, the Bill of Rights.” Inside Out is a print-based You Are There for a scoundrel time in American life. HoWever, it concludes triumphantly, in 1975, on the set of The Front, the movie overtly written by Bernstein and starring Woody Allen as a man who pretends to be the creator of screenplays written by a blacklisted author. This zestful book features finely etched profiles of Elia Kazan, Rocky Graziano, Zero Mostel, Irwin Shaw and Bette Davis and a wrenching account of the benefit concert for the leftist Civil Rights Congressby Paul Robeson in Peekskill, New York, that was violently disrupted by a police-promoted riot. Inside Out is signed, proudly, by Walter Bernstein. Steven G. Kellman is the Ashbel Smith Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. CLASSIFIEDS ORGANIZATIONS WORK for single-payer National Health Care. 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