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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (71 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kirk Douglas Narrator: Michael Douglas , Michael Crichton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by itmfiddler | 11/11/2013

    " Not the best written book, but a fascinating glimpse into the making of a movie and a dark time in our countries history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 8/19/2013

    " Terrific memoir of the Hollywood blacklist and making the film Spartacus. I hadn't realized that, in addition to Dalton Trumbo, Spartacus novelist Howard Fast was also on the list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie Kaplowitz | 8/8/2013

    " Excellent. Had some personal meaning for me as my father was amongst those blacklisted in Hollywood at the same time as the unfriendly 10. It is a quick read but I learned some things I didn't know about the blacklist. I am glad Kirk Douglas is still around to tell his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 7/29/2013

    " So sad that some's fears suppresses other's talents. "Hyprocrisy lists" still exist and that is even more sad. Hooray for you Kirk Douglas for getting the rightful writer's name on the movie, and for telling the story of the making the film. "

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