I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist by Kirk Douglas

By Kirk Douglas

From Kirk Douglas, Hollywood royalty and bestselling writer of The Ragman’s Son and My Stroke of Luck, comes the candid story of the making of Spartacus, the blockbuster movie that broke the blacklist
One of the world’s so much iconic motion picture stars, Kirk Douglas has unusual himself as a manufacturer, philanthropist, and writer of ten works of fiction and memoir. Now, more than fifty years after the discharge of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas finds the riveting drama in the back of the making of the mythical gladiator movie. Douglas begun generating the motion picture in the course of the politically charged period while Hollywood’s moguls refused to rent somebody accused of Communist sympathies. In a dicy move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to put in writing Spartacus. Trumbo was one of the “Unfriendly Ten,” males who had long past to criminal instead of testify earlier than the home Un-American actions Committee approximately their political affiliations. Douglas’s resource fabric was once already a sizzling estate, because the novel Spartacus was written via Howard quickly whereas he was once in penitentiary for defying HUAC. With the monetary way forward for his younger kin at stake, Douglas plunged right into a tumultuous construction either on- and off-screen. As either manufacturer and famous person of the movie, he confronted explosive moments with younger director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a number one woman, and negotiations with sizeable personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Lew Wasserman. Writing from his center and from his personal meticulously researched files, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, seems to be again at his audacious judgements. He made the costliest movie of its era—but extra importantly, his ethical braveness in giving public credits to Trumbo successfully ended the infamous Hollywood blacklist. A grasp storyteller, Douglas paints a vibrant and infrequently funny portrait in I Am Spartacus! The publication is improved by way of newly chanced on interval images of the celebs and filmmakers either off and on the set.

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He asked. I nodded. ” I shook my head. I’m not much of an upchucker. I can and have eaten pizza on heroin. ” I nodded. ” “Something else,” I squeaked guiltily. ” By the time we had this conversation we were almost halfway home. Out of the city center and crossing the green fields and country roads back to Cumbernauld. ” he inquired tentatively I shook my head. I couldn’t speak now. All my concentration was on clenching. He sprang to action: reeling up the center aisle of the bus like a sailor in high seas as it careered around the winding roads, he made his way down to the front and talked to the driver.

Giants and fairies was how he described classical music. He could just as well have been talking about show business. Gunka said he’d buy me one of the big waxy discs for a present, yet as much as I had enjoyed the Norwegian composer’s opus, I wanted a pop music album instead. Gunka agreed that that might be a good place to start, and we whittled the options down to two: the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper or a Monkees album called Headquarters. To my eternal shame, I chose the Monkees. This was because I was only eight and the Monkees looked cheerful and friendly on their album cover, whereas the Beatles had beards and my father had told me that you couldn’t trust a man with a beard because you didn’t know what he was hiding.

I nodded. ” “Something else,” I squeaked guiltily. ” By the time we had this conversation we were almost halfway home. Out of the city center and crossing the green fields and country roads back to Cumbernauld. ” he inquired tentatively I shook my head. I couldn’t speak now. All my concentration was on clenching. He sprang to action: reeling up the center aisle of the bus like a sailor in high seas as it careered around the winding roads, he made his way down to the front and talked to the driver.

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