Re: RARA-AVIS: Ace in the Hole (Spoiler Alert)

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 02 Feb 2008

>I just finished watching Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole, with Kirk
> Douglas as Charles Tatum, an utterly unscrupulous reporter Charles
> Tatum. While it's not a crime movie, it certainly is a noir movie,
> with a main character who sets about engineering his own destruction
> right from the start. Douglas was good, if a bit over the top, and the
> movie did an excellent job of capturing a literal media circus. I
> think one of the criteria for a work of art to be great is that it has
> to hold up over time. If anything, I think Ace in the Hole's story is
> more relevant now in our media besotted culture than it was when it
> was made, and newspapers, radio and television were all there were.
> All in all a very good film.

Actually, it is a crime movie with the Kirk Douglas character as, ultimately the murderer, as he confesses at the end of the film.


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