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Old 02-05-20, 06:19 PM
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RIP Spartacus

Kirk Douglas dies at 103.

I recently enjoyed The Final Countdown and one of his sons film Falling Down
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Old 02-05-20, 06:27 PM
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RIP Mr. Douglas.

My favorite film he was in is Paths of Glory.

https://www.imdb.com/video/vi29210137
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Coincidentally I wrote some thoughts about Kirk Douglas a week or so ago on another thread.

Kirk Douglas was a couple of great offbeat anti-hero Westerns: "A Gunfight" with Johnny Cash, and "Posse" with Bruce Dern. Those should be on the watch list of any Kirk Douglas fan.

As a kid in the 1960s, I thought Kirk Douglas was a narcissistic oaf, but at the time I'd only seen him in movies that emphasized that particular stock character that he played for money -- those late career John Wayne vanity projects. Only later did I realize how versatile he was and how much integrity he had as an actor. Douglas wasn't afraid to risk his image by taking on roles as badly flawed characters who suffered because of their hubris. If anything he seemed to enjoy poking holes in his oh-so-heroic characters from The War Wagon, Spartacus and others.
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Old 02-05-20, 09:47 PM
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For those who don't know, or need a 'refresher', here's the famous scene:


movie (directed by Stanley Kubrick)
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Old 02-08-20, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
As a kid in the 1960s, I thought Kirk Douglas was a narcissistic oaf, but at the time I'd only seen him in movies that emphasized that particular stock character that he played for money -- those late career John Wayne vanity projects. Only later did I realize how versatile he was and how much integrity he had as an actor. Douglas wasn't afraid to risk his image by taking on roles as badly flawed characters who suffered because of their hubris. If anything he seemed to enjoy poking holes in his oh-so-heroic characters from The War Wagon, Spartacus and others.
And what about his integrity as a citizen and human beeing? He always seemed a nice and interesting guy to me but he's not really my kind of actor, who played a lot of roles in what's not really my kind of movie, but I watched Spartacus in it's entirety for the first time yesterday and it was the first time I realized what a political movie it was and how much risk he took having it made.
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Old 02-08-20, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Coincidentally I wrote some thoughts about Kirk Douglas a week or so ago on another thread.

Kirk Douglas was a couple of great offbeat anti-hero Westerns: "A Gunfight" with Johnny Cash, and "Posse" with Bruce Dern. Those should be on the watch list of any Kirk Douglas fan.
I've seen those and more. I loved those old westerns. I should start watching them again, as at my age I have forgotten enough to be able to watch them as new again.
R.I.P. Kirk Douglas. I also enjoyed watching some of his sons work, in particular, Romancing the Stone.
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