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On the death of Kirk Douglas: The star over Hollywood has gone out | Paraice News

On the death of Kirk Douglas: The star over Hollywood has gone out | Paraice News
A fighter, on screen and in life: The great actor Kirk Douglas died at the age of 103.
On the death of Kirk Douglas: The star over Hollywood has gone out | Paraice News
On the death of Kirk Douglas: The star over Hollywood has gone out | Paraice News
If we were only allowed to choose two from his impressive oeuvre of more than 80 films, it would be these two: "Vincent van Gogh - A Life in Passion" from 1956 and "Spartacus" from 1960. The biopic about van Gogh, that he received the third Oscar nomination (after "Between Women and Ropes" and "City of Illusions") because of the same passion that the film title speaks of. Kirk Douglas, who had already changed his figure with a reddish beard and is said not to have taken his course as van Gogh long after the shooting, played the part with all force and dedication to the melodrama. And the outcry when the painter cuts his ear doesn't just express the physical pain,

His Spartacus is very different - and yet very similar: Kirk Douglas seemed to lend not only his well-trained body and his sparkling eyes to the slave leader, but also his spirit, his irrepressible will for freedom and self-determination. The monumental ham, staged by 31-year-old Stanley Kubrick, with whom Douglas had made the anti-war film "Ways to Fame" in 1957, was a matter close to his heart: As an executive producer, he repeatedly made specifications for Kubrick (which is why he later kept his only commissioned work silent) who he should become a better sandal film, better than "Ben Hur" (which was probably also a success), as a punishment for not having got the leading role there.

"Spartacus" is a great opera, powerful in terms of image and of authenticity in the mass scenes that the digital products of our time can only dream of. But Douglas was still proud in old age that he had dared to name the full name of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the credits, who was banned from working at the time when the anti-communist hate was banned. And of course Spartacus is a straight socialist fighter. A fighter was himself, the son of Russian-Jewish emigrants, who was born Issur Danielowitsch Demsky on December 9, 1916 in the city of Amsterdam, New York, and now died at the biblical age of 103 in Beverly Hills, California , The father was a rag collector, the mother, he said, had no teeth, and the money for school, He had to earn college and university himself. As a Jew, he was teased and harassed, he was alone at the school ball because there was no girl who could and should dance with the "Jew Boy". In the course of his long life he should still find enough women to whom he could hold himself harmless - certainly with an evil gesture of vengeance, as he wrote in his biography.

Many are called Hollywood legends, he was one. He was a womanizer, he was a picture of a man the 1950s and 1960s celebrated: tough, virile, uncompromising. He never played wimps, but often villains, adventurers, western heroes. And of course he was the epitome of the American dream. A child from the poorest backgrounds who pretended to be a world star and multimillionaire. So he was able to give the eldest of his four sons a television series in 1972 as a start to his professional life. Michael Douglas used the crime series "The Streets of San Francisco" as a springboard for a career that should be equal to that of his father. The senior himself made film after film in the mid-90s, including "The Last Countdown" and the senior gangster comedy "Archie and Harry"

"I survived World War II, a helicopter crash and two new knee joints," said Kirk Douglas once. And he survived a severe stroke: "He made me a better person." Kirk Douglas lived with his German-born second wife Anne rather retired recently. Much of their huge $ 80 million fortune has been donated over the years, $ 40 million to the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), which looks after needy former Hollywood employees. They financed a million-dollar surgical robot for a children's hospital. For which of course only one name came into question - "Spartacus".
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