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 so much iconic motion picture stars, Kirk Douglas has distinctive 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 whilst 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 past to felony instead of testify sooner than the home Un-American actions Committee approximately their political affiliations. Douglas’s resource fabric was once already a scorching estate, because the novel Spartacus was written by way of Howard quick whereas he was once in penal complex 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 megastar of the movie, he confronted explosive moments with younger director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a number one girl, and negotiations with titanic personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Lew Wasserman. Writing from his center and from his personal meticulously researched data, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, appears to be like 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 e-book is more advantageous through newly came across interval images of the celebrities and filmmakers either off and on the set.

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