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HASH(0x9b872768) étoiles sur 5 I Am Spartacus! 12 juin 2012
Par S Riaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Kirk Douglas is now 95, but in this book he turns his memory back to 1959 when he decided to make the film "Spartacus". This is not simply a film memoir though, as interesting as that might be, because the film had an important and historic event attached to it - the fact a blacklisted writer was given screen credit under their own name for the first time since the fears of McCarthyism.

Dalton Trumbo was one of the most respected writers in Hollywood when he went to jail in 1947 for refusing to incriminate colleagues after he was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee (actually before McCarthy, although that is the name best associated with the witch hunts that followed). While in another prison for similar reasons, author Howard Fast was writing the novel "Spartacus", which was later turned down by seven publishing houses as the author was blacklisted and which he ended up publishing it himself. When Dalton Trumbo was released he went to Mexico and was left having to write under assumed names.

This then is the story of Kirk Douglas discovering Howard Fast's novel and deciding that he wanted to make it into a movie. It is a tale as epic as the movie itself, as he fights a rival production, "The Gladiators", finds his cast (despite a less than enthusiastic Charles Laughton), has problems finding a leading lady, more problems finding a director, fights the censors and deals with the issues that using Dalton Trumbo as his screenplay writer causes. When Douglas decides to use Trumbo's real name on the movie credits he is the first to end the Hollywood blacklist and it is here that the main story of the book is contained. This is a very interesting read by a man who has kindly shared his memories with us and whose brave actions gave back more than one person their career. It was personally important to Dalton Trumbo, but it was an event that changed Hollywood and the film industry, which had been mired in a time of fear of paranoia since the 1940's. Lastly, I read the kindle edition of this book and it contained the illustrations.
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HASH(0x9b98648c) étoiles sur 5 A Hollywood Hero 15 juin 2012
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This wonderfully written memoir focuses on the making of an epic film at a crossroads of American history, when the political excesses of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-communist witch hunts destroyed lives and left a dark cloud of secrecy, betrayal, and fear hanging over the film industry.

Dalton Trumbo, who had gone to prison for no real crime, had for ten years been unable to work under his own name, or even for the kind of money his fame and skill should have commanded. He was one of many who suffered similar fates, because in the political climate of the time, to recognize them professionally was to put your own career in danger. Kirk Douglas wanted to produce an epic film from a book by a blacklisted author, Howard Fast (a risky proposition in itself), and wanted Trumbo to write the screenplay. But to acknowledge the screenwriter's work--or even to allow rumors of it--was to risk losing his film, his income, his career.

What happened is no less than a Hollywood legend, told by the man at the center of it. Kirk Douglas is 95 years old, and has been acting, making films, and writing books for most of that time. This book beautifully details a watershed in his extraordinary life and in the life of film.
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HASH(0x9b780e40) étoiles sur 5 Easy n fun to read 6 août 2012
Par Mr. B - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
As I read this book, I mentally hear the words being spoken by Mr. Douglas. It is written as if he were sitting next to you after dinner and telling you about the "time" through which he lived. It is anecdotal in style with his reflections on each story he conveys. I have learned and shared with others little "factoids" of which I was not aware. I am not normally a "book person" 'cause I fall asleep too easily but this book is such easy reading, I have not conked out yet while reading it. Also, I am a stop n go reader and the content lends itself nicely to that quirk. Buy it, read it and enjoy it and yes, learn from it. Mr. Douglas conveys the ugliness of the McCarthy era and the blacklist it produced. I can't help but wonder what those blacklisted victims, whom were kept from earning a living because they were accused of being communist would say today, if they knew companies like Walmart and Apple have made their fortunes using real communists to earn "their" living. Thank you Mr. Douglas!
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HASH(0x9b6c65c4) étoiles sur 5 I am Spartacus 11 août 2012
Par Alexandra - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The book is about a very sensitive subject; the blacklisting of writers and others who refused to reveal names and associates suspected of belonging to the Communist party. It was a witch hunt in Hollywood. When Kirk Douglas purchased the rights to the making of Spartacus, he decided to use Dalton Trumbo whose name never appeared on any movies after the investigation. The book is extremely readable and fascinating. For those who lived through this era, it is a hard reminder of what happened, and for those too young to remember, it is an eye-opening account of what CAN happen when those in government use their influence and power to ruin lives of our most talented people.
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HASH(0x9bd098ac) étoiles sur 5 WOW! Kudos to Mr. Douglas - a great book! 17 août 2014
Par SAH - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I am just about in awe of Kirk Douglas after reading this book. I am not sure that I have ever watched Spartacus in its entirety. Gladiator movies are a genre that leaves me cold. I read the book because I thought it might be an interesting read about making a film while providing me with some further insight into the machinations of the shameful HUAC. This book wildly exceeded my expectations. I read the Kindle edition and when I saw the attributed authors identified, I thought that perhaps this book was a collaborative effort between Mr. Douglas and George Clooney; not so, Mr. Clooney’s sole contribution is the foreword. I find it astounding that anyone who is 95 years old could write such a meticulously detailed account of events that that transpired more than 50 years ago. Mr. Douglas nonetheless does, and in the process conveys his enthralling story in an intelligent, engrossing manner that makes this page-turner a very quick read. Given his fame as well as his previously well-received autobiographies, Mr. Douglas could have simply elected simply to slop down some of reminiscences, without bothering to ensure their accuracy, or providing the reader with precise dates. Certainly, other celebrities have published such memoirs. Instead, Mr. Douglas delved into his past, reacquainting himself with the events surrounding the making of Spartacus and contemporaneous historical events, and employed a research editor to ensure his accuracy. The story of the making of Spartacus is itself fascinating and Mr. Douglas relates it with verve and wit. Mr. Douglas’s narratives of his interactions with the extraordinarily talented cast of Spartacus are extremely entertaining. The book also provides an eye-opening understanding of the individual destruction suffered by those persecuted by the HUAC. This is particularly true of Dalton Trumbo; arguably, the most widely recognized member of The Hollywood Ten and the Spartacus screenwriter. Mr. Douglas’s brief recitation of Mr. Trumbo’s first “return” luncheon at the Universal Studios commissary profoundly touched me. I could empathize with Mr. Trumbo must have been feeling. Mr. Douglas’s admitted affinity for the extremely talented and apparently quirky Trumbo shines through this wonderful book. I have not read Mr. Douglas’s published autobiographies. After reading the extremely well written, I am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist, I am very interested in doing so.
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