Ace in the hole

DVD - 2014

One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. An amoral newspaper reporter washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines.

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[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection c2014.
Other Authors
Billy Wilder, 1906-2002 (film director), Lesser Samuels (screenwriter), Walter Newman
DVD special edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Originally released as a motion picture in 1951.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs : sound, black and white ; 12 cm
DVD: NTSC, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1), Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
Production Credits
Director of photography, Charles B. Lang, Jr.; editing, Arthur Schmidt ; music, Hugo Friedhofer.
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Review by Library Journal Review

Rereleased as The Big Carnival after a disappointing initial run, Wilder's underrated follow-up to Sunset Boulevard may be timelier today than when it came out in 1951. Kirk Douglas overemotes with apt gusto as discredited newspaper reporter Chuck Tatum, an unscrupulous huckster who happens upon his "ace in the hole" in the form of an unlucky man trapped in a collapsed tunnel. Exploiting the situation for all its worth, Tatum manages to protract a rescue operation while he orchestrates a frenzied media, with all-too-willing participation from the public. An archival interview with Douglas, a 1980 documentary about the filmmaker, fascinating audio commentary, and other extras complement a digitally restored presentation. VERDICT Fans of the wildly popular Wilder, best liked for Some Like It Hot, deserve to see this lesser appreciated but prescient satire.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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