Friday, December 9, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday to Kirk Douglas: Enjoy this Hour-long 1971 Interview

There is no living actor with a career as as long and as full of great movies as Kirk Douglas. From his his first film (made when he was already 30!), THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946) through most of the next six decades, he stayed busy. Douglas starred in, and occasionally also produced some of the finest films of his, or any, era.

Consider this list of highlights:
  • OUT OF THE PAST (1947 d. Jacques Tourneur) Playing second-dimple to Robert Mitchum
  • CHAMPION (1949 d. Mark Robson) Douglas' breakthrough role as a boxer rising in the ranks, Oscar nomination for Best Actor
  • YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950, d. Michael Curtiz)
  • ACE IN THE HOLE (1951, d. Billy Wilder)
  • DETECTIVE STORY (1951, d. William Wyler) Golden Globe for Best Actor
  • THE BIG SKY (1952, d. Howard Hawks)
  • THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952, d. Vincente Minnelli), Oscar nomination for Best Actor
  • 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954, d. Fleischer) An enormous commercial hit
  • THE INDIAN FIGHTER (1955, d. Andre de Toth)
  • LUST FOR LIFE (1956, d. Minnelli) Oscar nomination, Golden Globe & New York Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
  • PATHS OF GLORY (1957, d. Stanley Kubrick)
  • THE VIKINGS (1958, d. Richard Fleischer)
  • SPARTACUS (1960, d. Kubrick)
  • LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962, d. David Miller)
  • TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (1962, d. Minnelli)
  • THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSANGER (1963, d. John Huston) Douglas plays 4 roles
  • SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964, d. John Frankenheimer) Bold and brave political thriller about a military coup attempt in the U.S.
  • IN HARM'S WAY (1965, d. Otto Preminger)
  • THE HEROES OF TELEMARK (1965, d. Anthony Mann)
  • THE ARRANGEMENT (1969, d. Elia Kazan)
  • THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN (1970, d. Joseph Mankiewicz)
  • THE FURY (1978, d. Brian De Palma)
  • THE VILLAIN (1979, d. Hal Needham)
  • HOME MOVIES (1979, d. De Palma)
  • THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER (1982, d. George Miller)
  • TOUGH GUYS (1986, d. Jeff Kanew)
  • OSCAR (1991, d. John Landis)

Here is an interview with the bearded (for a role, probably my personal favorite THE LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD) Kirk Douglas on the always-excellent Dick Cavett Show. Of special note is his own commentary over a range of film clips.

Sincere happy birthday wishes on Douglas' 100th birthday. There will never be another like him.

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