Ace in the Hole

Dir. Billy Wilder (1951). Kirk Douglas plays a snarling newshound who shamelessly exploits the story of a man trapped by a cave-in to create a full blown media circus. Billy Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is a movie about the fascination of disaster that is itself a fascinating disaster. (Initial response was so hostile the studio not only withdrew the picture but retitled it.) Ace in the Hole isn’t a great movie but, in its sustained nastiness and stunning disregard for box-office niceties, it’s one of a kind.
Fri., April 9, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 10 p.m.; Sat., April 10, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 10 p.m., 2010

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