Tag: Billy Wilder

The best #FakeNews film was made in 1951

Friday, 9 December, 2016 0 Comments

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!


The Information Machine

Wednesday, 21 December, 2011

Charles and Ray Eames made their famous lounge chair as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, the director of Some Like It Hot and Sunset Blvd. After years of development, the chair was brought to the market in 1956 by the Herman Miller furniture company and the result is design and corporate history. Two […]

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Happy 95th Birthday, Kirk Douglas!

Friday, 9 December, 2011 0 Comments

Issur Danielovitch was born in New York 9 December 1916. He found fame and fortune as the actor Kirk Douglas and his best works includes Lust for Life, Paths of Glory, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Spartacus and Lonely Are the Brave. For Rainy Day, however, the best Kirk Douglas film is Ace in the […]

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