Each year for 45 years, Deauville has written film history in the present by revealing the best of contemporary cinema. Each year it also looks to the past to rediscover some of the greatest history in the cinematic arts, namely that of Hollywood.
This year we lost one of its giants, Kirk Douglas, at the age of 103. A festival stalwart, Kirk Douglas came on two occasions: in 1979 for a tribute, and in 1999 with his longtime friend Lauren Bacall to present John Asher’s Diamonds and receive a literary award for his book “Climbing the Mountain.” It would have been inconceivable to bypass his memory for this 46th edition. A look back at the work of a producer, director and major writer, but above all a prodigious Oscar-winning actor whose career spanned the entire latter half of the 20th century, an actor whose talent, courage, and taste for risk will always inspire respect.