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Ace in the Hole (1951)      (2แผ่น)(บรรยายอังกฤษ)

 

Directer: Billy Wilder

Writter: Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels,

Walter Newman, Victor Desny (story)

Running time: 111 min

Country: USA

Language: English | Latin
Genre: Drama | Film-Noir

Subtitle: English
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling and Robert Arthur

 

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Storyline:

Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in an old Indian dwelling. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation and milks it for all it is worth - until things go terribly wrong.


A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.


Special Features:
SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:
Disc 1:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard
Theatrical trailer


Disc 2:
Portrait of a "60% Perfect Man": Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring in-depth interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment (58:24)
A 1984 interview with Kirk Douglas by filmmaker and film scholar Michael Thomas (14:17)
Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute (23:36)
Excerpts from an audio interview with coscreenwriter Walter Newman
New video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee (5:39)
Stills gallery
Liner notes booklet featuring new essays by film critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin


Trailer:

 


 

Review:

   One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker, Billy Wilders Ace in the Hole is legendary for both its cutting social critique and its status as a hard-to-find cult classic. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter caught in dead-end Albuquerque who happens upon the story of a lifetime - and will do anything to ensure he gets the scoop. Wilders follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé that anticipated the rise of the American media circus.
   Inspired by the real-life Floyd Collins cave-in disaster of the 1920s, ACE IN THE HOLE is a searing example of writer-director Billy Wilder at his most brilliantly misanthropic. An uncompromising portrait of human nature at its worst, the film was so far ahead of its time in its depiction of a media circus and the public''s appetite for tragedy that it was a commercial disaster when first released, but now stands as one of the great American films of the 1950s.



     After being fired from a number of big city newspapers, alcoholic reporter Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) takes a job working for a paper in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On the way to cover a rattlesnake hunt, Tatum encounters a woman named Lorraine (Jan Sterling), who tells him that her husband Leo Minosa (Richard Benedict) got trapped in a mine cave-in while searching for some Indian treasure. Smelling a big story that will take him back to New York, Tatum goes into the cave and befriends Leo, then makes a deal with the corrupt local sheriff (Ray Teal) to boost his upcoming re-election campaign in exchange for exclusive rights to the story. Tatum and the sheriff coerce the contractor into prolonging the rescue operation to a week rather than 16 hours by drilling down from the top of the mountain instead of shoring up the walls and going in through the front. After a few days, a carnival atmosphere presides as TV, newsreel, and radio crews arrive, while thousands of tourists set up camp and trucks bring in amusement park rides.



    The word used most often to describe Wilder in general, and ACE IN THE HOLE in particular, is "cynical," but a closer analysis reveals that this is really a misnomer. Wilder is actually a satirical moralist and a disillusioned romantic who knows that the world is an imperfect place and that everyone has the potential to be corrupt. The fact that the film was a box-office bomb is not surprising since the public was obviously not flattered by its depiction of them as gullible sensation-seekers who morbidly gather around a disaster for some all-American fun. Even today, the scenes of Tatum talking with the entombed Leo as dirt pours down on his face are harrowing to watch, primarily because Wilder broke his cardinal rule of sugar-coating messages with comic elements as an audience escape-valve. As a result, the film is as grim and pitiless as the relentless drill that pounds away at the mountain top.
 

TV Guide



     By the time he made 1951''s Ace in the Hole director Billy Wilder had already earned his reputation as a cynical filmmaker. Three of Wilder''s earlier films--Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard--had already firmly established the director as someone who was interested in showing the darker side of humanity. And while those films certainly were dark explorations of desire, greed and excess, all were merely test-runs for what was to be considered Wilder''s most cynical work, as well as one of the most pessimistic films of all time.

 

 

   Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a newspaper reporter whose problems with alcohol have sent him on a downward spiral of working for major publications in Boston and New York to hustling a job in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tatum views his new gig in Albuquerque as an opportunity to reestablish his reputation, but after a year at the small paper, he holds everything and everyone around him with contempt. Things take a dramatic turn when Tatum lucks into the story of a lifetime. It seems that a cave-in at an ancient Indian burial ground has left local treasure hunter Leo Minosa (Richard Benedict) trapped and fighting for his life. Tatum sees the potential for a great story in Leo''s plight. As word of Leo''s predicament begins to spread, other reporters and curious onlookers descend on the scene, as the rescue operation quickly transforms into a crass media circus, complete with carnival rides and souvenirs. But Tatum is the one calling the shots, manipulating everyone around him so that he gets the biggest story possible--he even manages to convince rescue workers to take an alternate, longer route, which will allow his story to drag on longer. Tatum, however, is not alone in his opportunism. He is joined by Leo''s uncaring wife Lorraine (Jan Sterling), who hopes to cash in on the tragedy, and the corrupt Sheriff Kretzer (Ray Teal) eager for re-election. But as the rescue operation drags on for days and days, it soon becomes clear that Leo is not likely to survive, and that realization begins to tear Tatum apart, as he wrestles with the fact that he will be responsible for the man''s death.


 


    Billy Wilder has long been considered one of the best filmmakers of all time, with a long list of credits that includes such classic films as Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, The Spirit of St. Louis and Sunset Boulevard. Ace in the Hole solidifies that already well-deserved reputation if for no other reason than it may actually be the director''s best work. Everything that makes Wilder''s films so memorable--an incredible sense of visual storytelling married with superb writing--is found here. And while there are many that would argue over where Ace in the Hole stands amongst Wilder''s other films, there is no denying the overall purity of the work. Simply put: Ace in the Hole is uncompromising in its cinematic vision or its condemnation of the media.
    Like all of Wilder''s films, Ace in the Hole is brimming with symbolism. Part of the magic of Wilder''s filmmaking was the way he would layer a scene with information and ideas, some subtle and some incredibly obvious. Either way, everything has a purpose and meaning, from the way a shadow falls across a face to the eye movement of an actor. As Tatum first descends into the cave, Wilder is offering a symbolic foreshadowing of the fate that awaits his morally ambiguous anti-hero.
 


   At the time of its original release, Ace in the Hole was not well-received by critics, who saw it as being too cynical and too bitter. The film did poorly in the United States, where it became something of a forgotten entry in Wilder''s filmography. With no release on home video, and only the occasional broadcast on channels like American Movie Classics, Ace in the Hole became more of a cult film, finding fans primarily among diehard film fans, students and filmmakers who were lucky enough to see it.
     Though it was considered cynical and an unfair depiction of the media when it was released in 1951, Ace in the Hole proved to be prophetic, with many of the film''s concepts and themes later go on to inform such films as Network. The world in which the line between journalism and entertainment blurs to the point they become one and the same has arrived. And while a character like Chuck Tatum may have seemed outrageous in 1951, he is what reporters like Geraldo Rivera have become. To go one step further, Ace in the Hole offers an eerie glimpse at how the media and the public would react to the real-life tragic events of September 11, fifty years after Wilder''s movie was released.

 


Ace in the Hole is nothing short of brilliant. The two-disc Criterion Collection release at long last provides an opportunity for people to discover one of the greatest films of all time made by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Brilliant film by a brilliant filmmaker.


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Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations

Academy Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1952 Nominated Oscar Best Writing, Story and Screenplay
Billy Wilder 
Lesser Samuels 
Walter Newman 
 
National Board of Review, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1951 Won NBR Award Best Actress
Jan Sterling 
 
Satellite Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Nominated Satellite Award Best Classic DVD
 
Venice Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1951 Won International Award Billy Wilder 
Nominated Golden Lion Billy Wilder 
 

 

 



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