The House I Live In was a 1945 .. Frank Sinatra
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The House I Live In was a 1945 short film written by Albert Maltz and made by producer Frank Ross and actor Frank Sinatra to oppose anti-Semitism and prejudice at the end of World War II. It received a special Academy Award in 1946.
Lewis Allan Lewis Allan was the pen name of Abel Meerpol. He wrote the lyrics. He also wrote “Strange Fruit” which was long associated with Billie Holiday. Not all his lyrics were used for this short feature. Josh White and Paul Robeson used more complete sets.
It would be almost 20 years after this was released before there were significant changes in laws and attitudes that fostered racism and anti-Semitism.
A Good Watch An outstanding little piece of vintage post- WWII unification propoganda to sell the people that they still needed to build the country together. Sinatra was his slick and smooth self carrying the effort off and very entertaining. As soon as he began singing The House I Live In I recollected Paul Robeson also singing it in something I’d seen, and wondered if perhaps there might have been variations made on this short movie for different audiences. Watching this made me a little yearnful for someone who could actually pull this country together so it isn’t currently so divisive. It’s such a loss to have to wait for a catastrophe or tragedy to occur to bring people together.
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