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Old 09-12-2006, 19:12   #41
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I would say that The Ace in the Hole and Two Weeks in Another Town are Kirk Doulas' best for his own acting prowesses, but Paths of Glory & Spartacus are his best overall films.
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Old 10-12-2006, 02:46   #42
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Whatever his best film, it certainly ain't The Fury - which is quite sucky.
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Old 10-12-2006, 02:50   #43
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The Fury certainly might be silly in parts (Andrew Stevens falling to his death? When we've already seen he can levitate things? Apparently this doesn't include his own self) but there are some bravura sequences, and Douglas is pretty entertaining, such as is the sequence where he breaks into the old couple's flat and disguises himself as an old codger, as the genuinely old dear of the house takes a shine to his badboy antics.
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I won't hear a word against The Fury, which I think is not only brilliantly well made but very entertaining.
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I'm not much of a fan of "Spartacus" the first third is brillant but then the film goes downhill fast. I think "The Vikings" has aged much better, & looks great ( a very good DVD). Looking forward to "There Was A Crooked Man" on DVD.
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Old 10-12-2006, 17:46   #46
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I won't hear a word against The Fury...
What about Cactus Jack?

I'd also like to give a mention to The Heroes Of Telemark which, thanks to Douglas, is raised above the level of mediocre.
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Greedy , hes fantastic in that.
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Old 10-12-2006, 18:53   #48
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It occurs to me that Kirk was one of a generation of Hollywood stars who were quite happy to play irredeemably unpleasant characters. Was vile in several films, notably "Ace In The Hole" and "the Bad and the Beautiful".
Another example of a an excellent 'bad guy' turnout for Kirk Douglas was the surprisingly underrated "There Was A Crooked Man[I]......"

I like KD as Doc Holliday in Gunfight at OK Corral; he was better than Victor Mature in the same role in My Darling Clementine. But overall, I thought that MDC was the better film.

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Old 10-12-2006, 22:12   #49
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The film Paths of Glory was brilliant imo and that I feel was definitely his best performance.....you could feel the rage underneath
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My favorite film of his is The Devil's Disciple (59) also starring Lancaster and Olivier. And I adore his performance in The Glass Menagerie (50) - a film long overdue on home video.

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Another example of a an excellent 'bad guy' turnout for Kirk Douglas was the surprisingly underrated "There Was A Crooked Man[I]......"

I like KD as Doc Holliday in Gunfight at OK Corral; he was better than Victor Mature in the same role in My Darling Clementine. But overall, I thought that MDC was the better film.
I receive my copy of There Was A Crooked Man.... today, a nice birthday surprise.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:49   #52
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I receive my copy of There Was A Crooked Man.... today, a nice birthday surprise.
Yes, the ending with that postscript gave the title a completely unexpected meaning, didn't it?
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Is 'Crooked Man' out already? I thought it was out later this month?
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A couple of things: one of my favourite Douglas films Lonely Are The Brave has just been released in France. Love it.

I thought this was fascinating, from the HTF, a post reporting the contents of an email received from MODA Entertainments John Mulholland (who was kind enough to respond to a couple of my FilmJournal blogs on Gary Cooper):

Notice that there's some chatter about the Kirk Douglas letter to GC. We shot Kirk Douglas for the GC/Hem doc, reading the letter. He'd had the stroke, but he's so moving and his feelings are so heartfelt that it is a magical moment.

He sent the letter to Cooper in the spring of 61, just as he was shooting Lonely Are The Brave. Douglas and Cooper had been friends and Douglas really admired Cooper, deeply. It's a seven page letter, but briefly, it explores Douglas's admiration for Cooper. He talks about how he, the director and the entire crew on Lonely Are The Brave knew that there was only one man who should be playing the role -- Cooper. This is especially interesting in that it is Douglas's favorite of his films. But he delves into how he tried to be like Gary Cooper as he made the film; how he thought it would be easy, Coop was a simple man, etc., and then found out how hard it was to be Gary Cooper. But he ends by saying that he knows that in trying to be Gary Cooper, it has made a better Kirk Douglas.


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Its gotta be Paths of Glory. I think his performance is brillant and the character is great. but then I love this movie because I love Kubrick films. So maybe it is not because of Douglas.
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Thanks for linking to my journal John. I've updated my entry now with a picture of Mr. Douglas signing his new book and (hopefully) a link to the Spartacus DVD cover he was gracious enough to also sign for me. At the conversation I attended, he did mention that Lonely Are the Brave was his favorite movie he's done, but I don't remember him really going into much detail as to why. I've never seen the film, but I understood that Douglas seemed to really like the character so it makes sense that he would have modeled his performance on Cooper.
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It's a beautiful piece of work; I'm sure you would love it. I've been trying to picture Cooper in the role, and, yes, I can see him.

I'll bet that was a fantastic night with Douglas; you lucky, lucky chap
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Old 25-03-2007, 10:30   #58
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Don't fans of Kirk Douglas admire either Build My Gallows High (aka Out of The Past) or A Letter To Three Wives? He may not have been the leading player in either, but these are definitely two of the best films Kirk Douglas appeared in.
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Old 26-03-2007, 00:41   #59
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Path's of Glory, if for no other reason than the French banned it for years. Defo one of my favourite Douglas/Kubric movies, I always rated this above Spartacus simply for the barely repressed feeling of unjust rage that permeates the film.
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I'd say his best performance was in Spartacus and the worst film he starred in, is The Indian Fighter.
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