I am Spartacus! : making a film, breaking the blacklist by Kirk Douglas

By Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas unearths the drama in the back of the making of the mythical gladiator movie Spartacus. Douglas started generating the motion picture in the middle of the politically charged period while Hollywood's moguls refused to rent somebody accused of Communist sympathies. In a dicy circulation, Douglas selected Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to jot down Spartacus. Trumbo used to be one of many males who had long past to felony instead of testify prior to the home Un-American actions Committee. The resource novel used to be written via Howard speedy whereas he too was once in prison for defying HUAC. With the way forward for his younger relations at stake, Douglas plunged right into a tumultuous construction. As either manufacturer and superstar, he confronted explosive moments with younger director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a number one girl, and negotiations with titanic personalities, Now, at ninety five, Douglas appears to be like again at his audacious judgements. He made the most costly movie of its era--but extra importantly, his ethical braveness in giving public credits to Trumbo successfully ended the Hollywood blacklist.--From writer description. & nbsp;Read more...

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She had worked through the night to make this happen—to make sure I knew how much I was appreciated by the people who truly mattered to me. I had just received an “Oscar” that I didn’t win. But Dalton Trumbo, watching on television, saw an award that he deserved, an award that he had won, go unclaimed. All because his name couldn’t be spoken out loud in public. That was finally going to change. ” 44 Charles White No publishing house would touch Howard Fast’s novel Spartacus because he was an avowed Communist.

He smiled, taking a long drag from the cigarette that he kept perpetually lit in his signature black holder. “Bill Holden plays a young man named Andrew—a bookkeeper framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Railroaded off to jail, he’s visited by the ghost of General Andrew Jackson. ” As we continued to get acquainted, we discovered that we shared the same birthday—December ninth! Trumbo was born in Colorado in 1905. That made him exactly eleven years older than I was, to the day. I told him that I’d first received Spartacus on “our” birthday.

It became a feature film called The Brave One. The screen credit for Original Story was given to “Robert Rich,” Dalton’s latest alter ego. This proved particularly embarrassing to Hollywood when “Robert Rich” actually won the Academy Award. On the night that Roman Holiday took the prize, a real person—Ian McLellan Hunter—could go up and claim the statue (even though he felt terrible doing it). When The Brave One was named the winner, there was no Robert Rich in the house. On the night of the ceremony in 1957, I was thousands of 43 kirk douglas miles away in Germany.

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