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 individual 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 while Hollywood’s moguls refused to rent somebody 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 legal instead of testify earlier 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 means of Howard quickly whereas he was once in detention center for defying HUAC.
With the monetary way forward for his younger family members at stake, Douglas plunged right into a tumultuous creation either on- and off-screen. As either manufacturer and superstar of the movie, he confronted explosive moments with younger director Stanley Kubrick, struggles with a number one woman, and negotiations with significant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Lew Wasserman. Writing from his middle and from his personal meticulously researched files, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, seems to be 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 bright and infrequently funny portrait in I Am Spartacus! The booklet is more desirable by means of newly stumbled on interval images of the celebrities and filmmakers either off and on the set.