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ACF#26: The Fury

 

Dear Ricochetti, I’ve a new podcast to recommend: The Deep State Horror. It struck my friend John Presnall and me that the fears of gov’t once associated with the paranoid left–remember the ’70s–are now our fears, and we have pretty good evidence to go on. So we talked about De Palma’s amazing dramatization of the idea of secret agencies creating human weapons with superpowers–you know, the best and the brightest. People talking about the UN as the future, but involved in fairly dangerous espionage. Also, you get Kirk Douglas and John Cassavetes–enjoy!

Kirk Douglas Dead at 103

 

Veteran actor Kirk Douglas died Wednesday at the age of 103. His famous son, Michael Douglas, said, “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard of us all to aspire to.”

In 1996 he suffered a stroke but recovered most his faculties, kept active, and made many public appearances. He devoted himself to acting after serving in the US Navy during WW2. He starred in “Champion” (1959) where he was nominated for Best Actor Oscar, “Spartacus” (1960), and co-starred with John Wayne in several films.

President Jimmy Carter gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Academy Awards gave him an honorary Oscar in 1995. Rest in peace.

ACF Critic Series #16: Teachout, Out of the Past

 

Second podcast this week–we’re coming up to my birthday, so for a couple of weeks, we’re doing the part of generosity here at the ACF! Today, Terry Teachout and I turn to noir: Out of the Past. Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, and Jane Greer starring in Jacques Tourneur’s directing of the Daniel Mainwaring script. Roy Webb scoring, Nicholas Musuraca shooting. This is one of the peak achievements of noir and we had such fun talking about it. It is beautiful and tragic. It shows small-town life vs. the big city; America vs. south of the border; and the corruption of glamour that makes a chump of a noble man.