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.
This is a great personal account of a film that I loved when I was a kid and still love today. I love the fact that it is read by his son, although it is hard to believe he is an actor as his diction is sometimes unclear. For a man who is 95yo it feels like it just happened to him a decade ago and there are often personal reflections from his past and present that make this an enjoyable listen.
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It's an important story that needed to be told by a man who was not only there, but helped end the stigma of the Hollywood Blacklist.
Michael Douglas does a masterful job (as usual) and he sounds so much like his dad, it's as if Kirk himself was there telling you the story.
I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in this part of Hollywood/American history.
Extraordinary subject matter, meshing show business and politics, told by the man who lived the story.
Not really applicable here, though the focus of the book is on Dalton Trumbo, who was quite a character in real life.
He is the son of the author, clearly caring about the book's message, and his father's commitment to that message.
This book recounts how powerful the Right was in 1960 (and it still is, of course) in America. The story of the the making of Spartacus is very interesting. And the story of Spartacus itself is especially relevant today. And the book is well read by Michael Douglas.
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