One of the world's most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author. Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film.
Douglas began producing the movie in the midst of the politically charged era when Hollywood's moguls refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. As both producer and star of the film, Douglas faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick and struggles with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov.
Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly-and often with self-effacing humor-at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.
©2012 Kirk Douglas (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Really enjoyed it"
Passed a long car journey very pleasantly for me. Was really more interested in the making of the film than the background to the blacklist, etc (shallow of me I know), and the first 30 minutes made me a bit wary this was going to be a rather dull account of the hearings and the blacklisted artists. But it becomes more and more a memoir of making the film, and is full of interesting bits and pieces. KD comes across quite well - a little inclined to blow his own trumpet (he is an actor, after all), but less than you might expect. Very good.
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