Friday Film Discussions via ZOOM (Registration)
Friday, November 13
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Today’s film: “Ace in the Hole” 1953 Drama ‧ 80 m – available on Kanopy here
“A cave collapse in New Mexico traps a man, and all eyes turn toward the tragedy … including those of Charles “Chuck” Tatum (Kirk Douglas), a washed-up newspaper re-porter who sees the incident as a ticket back to his former days at the top of the journal-ism heap. As the media circus begins to swirl around the trapped man’s plight, Tatum takes command of the situation, embellishing the unfolding drama and prolonging the rescue effort … while feeding stories to the nation’s reporters clamoring to cover the event. He’s become the self-anointed mastermind behind what soon becomes a national media sensation – and he’s desperately determined to milk it for all it is work.”
Celebrated director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) mixes gritty cynicism with a superb cast in this powerful, fascinating study of the dark side of the human soul.
Nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
“ACE IN THE HOLE is a revelation, as timely now as when it was made.” – Ruth E Stein, The San Francisco Chronicle
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