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The blacklist didn’t just destroy careers: It wrecked lives, and not only those of the most famous directors, writers, and actors who lost their livelihoods in Hollywood’s frenzy to prove itself free of communism’s taint. Judy Chaikin’s Emmy-nominated 1989 documentary, Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist, focuses on five womenwives or children of some of the men who were driven from the film business in the ’40s and ’50s by the House Un-American Activities Committee and its allies. Featuring Burt Lancaster’s narration, the film details the long-term emotional and psychologicaland, presumably, financialeffects on these innocent bystanders. At noon at the National Archives Theater, 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. (202) 501-5000. (Mark Jenkins)