I Am Spartacus!

I Am Spartacus!

Making A Film, Breaking the Blacklist

eBook - 2012
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The candid story of the making of Spartacus, the blockbuster film that broke the blacklist. 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 refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. With the financial future of his young family at stake, Douglas plunged into a tumultuous production both on- and off-screen. As both producer and star of the film, he faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a leading lady, and negotiations with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Lew Wasserman. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, looks back at his audacious decisions.
Topical Term: Motion pictures
Anti-communist movements
Motion picture actors and actresses
Electronic books
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media LLC, 2012
ISBN: 9781453239377
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 02, 2019

Like many memoirs from non-writers, this book is a succession of anecdotes, each of which is only indirectly related to the ones that come before and after it. But if the subject matter is interesting enough that can still make for an entertaining and worthwhile read, and few people have led lives as interesting as Kirk Douglas. Despite the title, though, censorship and the McCarthy era blacklist is only one of several recurring elements. Read the book as interesting tales rather than for information about the era.

Found this to be a compelling and highly readable account of the climate of fear in place during the making of Spartacus. Impressed by the author's skill as a story-teller. Had no idea Douglas was such a seasoned and accomplished writer. As someone interested in movies, social history and political culture, I couldn't put it down.

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