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The best #FakeNews film was made in 1951

Friday, 9 December, 2016

And it starred Kirk Douglas as Chuck Tatum, a cynical, amoral journalist who will stop at nothing to get the story needed to boost his ego and income. The New Yorker reviewer called Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole a badly written combination of “unjelled satire” and “half-baked melodrama,” adding that Tatum was “the most preposterous version of a reporter I’ve ever seen.” The influential New York Times critic Bosley Crowther claimed that the “responsible elements” at any real newspaper would stop a louse like Tatum in his tracks. “Such huffy comments show that Wilder definitely touched a nerve,” say Mikita Brottman and David Sterritt in their overview of the film.

All this is by way of saying that Kirk Douglas is 100 years old today. Happy Birthday!


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