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Talking Paper Interview Series: Walter Bernstein

Talking Paper Interview Series: Walter Bernstein

Walter Bernstein is a New York City-based screenwriter whose burgeoning career scripting films and television programs was interrupted in 1950, when he was blacklisted for being a member of the Communist Party. At age 96, he lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, but was raised Jewish in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. There he grew up watching films at the local Century and Albany movie theaters, where his first cinema-going memory was the 1928 silent picture The Noose, starring Richard Barthelmess. After attending college at Dartmouth, where he joined the Young Communist League, Bernstein was drafted into the U.S. Army, and worked as a correspondent for its official magazine, Yank. In the midst of World War II, he infiltrated Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia to interview Marshal Josip Tito. He also posted stories from Tehran, Tel Aviv, and Cairo while covering the Middle East.

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