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I Am Spartacus! free pdf From Kirk Douglas, Hollywood royalty and bestselling author of"The Ragman s Son "and "My Stroke of Luck, "comes the candidstory of the making of"Spartacus," the blockbuster film that broke the blacklistOne of the world s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author of ten works of fiction and memoir.Now, more than fifty 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 choseDalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write "Spartacus. "Trumbo wasone of the Unfriendly Ten, men who had gone to prison rather than testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about their political affiliations. Douglas s source material was already a hot property, as the novel "Spartacus "was written by Howard Fast while he was in jail for defying HUAC.""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, includingSirLaurence 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. He made the most expensive film of its era but more importantly, his moral courage in giving public credit to Trumbo effectively ended the notorious Hollywood blacklist.A master storyteller, Douglas paints a vivid and often humorous portrait in "I Am Spartacus! "The book is enhanced by newly discovered period photography of the stars and filmmakers both on and off the set."

About Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas is a renowned actor whose work on and off the screen has been rewarded by three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Medal of Freedom.Through his production company, Bryna, Douglas has produced acclaimed films such as "The Vikings, Lonely Are the Brave, Paths of Glory," and "Seven Days in May. "He haspenned ten novels and memoirs, including "The Ragman s Son "(1988). His 1960 epic, "Spartacus, "based on the Howard Fast novel of the same name, is credited with helping to end the practice of blacklisting film professionals who had refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. Douglas appeared in almost ninety movies before retiring from film acting in 2004. In 2009, he starred in an autobiographical one-man show called "Before I Forget "at the Center Theatre Group s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Douglas maintains an active life in Beverly Hills and Montecito, where he resides with his beloved wife Anne. "

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Author : Kirk Douglas
Publisher : Open Road Media
Data Published : 21 January 2014
ISBN : 1480480312
EAN : 9781480480315
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 220 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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