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

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

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 such a lot iconic motion picture stars, Kirk Douglas has exotic 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 all started generating the motion picture in the middle of the politically charged period while Hollywood’s moguls refused to rent an individual accused of Communist sympathies. In a dicy move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write down Spartacus. Trumbo was one of the “Unfriendly Ten,” males who had long gone to legal instead of testify earlier than the home Un-American actions Committee approximately their political affiliations. Douglas’s resource fabric used to be already a sizzling estate, because the novel Spartacus was written by means of Howard quickly whereas he used to be in detention center for defying HUAC.
 
With the monetary way forward for his younger relations at stake, Douglas plunged right into a tumultuous creation either on- and off-screen. As either manufacturer and superstar of the movie, he confronted explosive moments with younger director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a number one girl, and negotiations with mammoth personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Lew Wasserman. Writing from his middle and from his personal meticulously researched records, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, appears 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 infamous Hollywood blacklist.
 
A grasp storyteller, Douglas paints a brilliant and sometimes funny portrait in I Am Spartacus! The booklet is improved via newly came across interval images of the celebrities and filmmakers either off and on the set.

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