I Am Spartacus!

Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist

By Kirk Douglas; Michael Douglas (Performed by); George Clooney (Foreword by)
Brilliance Corporation, MP3 CD, 9781469219189

Publication Date: June 2013

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One of the world's most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author. 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 chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. As both producer and star of the film, Douglas faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick and struggles with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, looks back candidly and often with self-effacing humor at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

About the Author
Kirk Douglas is a renowned actor who appeared in over ninety movies before retiring from film acting in 2004. His work on and off the screen has been rewarded with three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Medal of Freedom. Through his production company, Bryna, he has produced acclaimed films such as The Vikings, Lonely Are the Brave, Paths of Glory, and Seven Days in May. A master storyteller, Douglas has also penned ten novels and memoirs. 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.

Michael Douglas has more than twenty years of experience in theatre, film and television. He has played pivotal roles in such films as Wall Street, for which he won an Academy Award(R), The China Syndrome, Faral Attraction, Basic lnsfinct, The American President and Traffic. Also an accomplished film producer, he won the Academy Award(R) in 1975 for the film One Flew Oiler the Curkoo's Nest.

George Clooney won the Special Achievement in Film award from the National Board of Review for his directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind". His acting credits include the blockbuster hits "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Eleven", the critically acclaimed "Three Kings", the Oscar(R)-nominated "Out of Sight" and the Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", for which he won the Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) Golden Globe.
Grant Heslov served as the director and producer of the critically acclaimed series "Unscripted", and co-executive producer of "K Street", both for HBO. In his long career as an actor, he has had roles in the TV shows "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "The X-Files", and the feature films "The Scorpion King, Enemy of the State, Dante's Peak, The Birdcage, Congo" and "True Lies".
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