Kirk Douglas, l’indompté

By Hubert Attal


Born in 1916 into a poor fam­i­ly who fled Russ­ian anti-Semi­tism, Kirk Dou­glas, whose real name was Issur Danielovitch, began film­mak­ing in the 1940s, notably in Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past. In the 1950s, he was at the top of his glo­ry, chain­ing up sig­nif­i­cant roles, in such as The Big Sky or Lust for Life. Com­mit­ted, he pro­duced films that were dif­fi­cult to imple­ment, such as The Paths of Glo­ry and Spar­ta­cus. To paint a por­trait of this Hol­ly­wood leg­end, the doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er went to meet his rel­a­tives and fans.

By : Hubert Attal
Duration : 53 min
With : Kirk Douglas ; David Bender
Type : Documentary
Nationality : France

Pro­duc­tion : Vic Demayo
Script : Hubert Attal
Cin­e­matog­ra­phy : Mick­aël Tordjman
Edit­ing : Mick­aël Tordjman
Music : Fred Schumann
Pro­duc­tion : Eva Pro­duc­tion, +33 1 53 38 86 50,,

In Eng­lish with French subtitles

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  • Tuesday 8th september 17h00  ›  Morny


  • November 1952: American actor Kirk Douglas bows and shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth II, as American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr (right) looks on, at the Royal Command premiere of director Alexander Hall's film, 'Because You're Mine,' London, England. British actress Anne Crawford and Mr R Bromhead stand behind Douglas. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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