An excellent satire from Billy Wilder to the dirty side of journalism. Chuck Tatum is a potrait of human who would do anything to get what he want, one way or another. He didn't care his work is disgraceful, vile, or dirty and didn't care about other people's feeling. Kirk Douglas succeed to deliver a "SUPER-SAIYAN ACTING" performance in this movie. ABSOLUTELY CLASSIC!
'Ace In The Hole' is a scorching criticism of the media, its ability to turn any given situation into a circus, its complete disregard for humanity and its internals who are hungry for a break and will cross and boundary to get it. Although some view it as heavy handed, this film is a brutally raw look at only the most severe of given situations, which is actually based on true events. A lighter handed scenario...↓
Ethics vs. circulation remains one of the key tensions in reporting and journalism. Kirk Douglas epitomizes the vulture-like, opportunistic glee of a hard-on-his-luck reporter, who finds a potential tragedy worthy of a front page spread. This paradoxically counts as a good day at the office. In a world where bad news for the world, is good news for the news industry, is as universal today as it was in the 1950s.
Sobre el canibalismo periodístico. Un reportero amarillista, un cínico aunque no perverso. "El gran carnaval" retrata también a una masa que hace caso a dicha dinámica del encantamiento. Fascinante esa reflexión sobre la diferencia de ver sufrir a un grupo y a una persona en solitario. Son las ironías del razonamiento humano. Como el Cuarto Poder cala en la conciencia social, a unos por morbo a otros por caridad.
The cinematic equivalent of a middle-finger to the media & the audience, Wilder's follow-up to the success of Sunset Blvd. is a scathing film and an unsurprising flop when released. Douglas is, to quote another media-center classic, a cookie full of arsenic. He's charming and likable in the cave but ruthless and determined outside of it. This film will be relevant even after the last newspapers are printed.