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Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009)

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas shares stories about his life, his family, his work, and his philosophy after living 92 years.

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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas shares stories about his life, his family, his work, and his philosophy after living 92 years.

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Long Enough to reflect
21 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Kirk Douglas was always a man who charted his own career and now has apparently on his own terms decided on a coda of his own making in this one man show. As a kid I remember seeing him in such things as Last Train From Gun Hill, The Vikings, and Spartacus. I've gotten now to a point to appreciate his artistry in a range of parts beyond some of the western and action adventure stories that appealed to me as a juvenile. So with stroke and all he's capped his career with this one man show, Before I Forget. He even got his first wife to appear in it.

I had read his first book The Ragman's Son about his childhood in Amsterdam, New York the youngest and only boy with six female siblings of Jewish immigrants from Russia so a lot of the stories I knew already. Hearing him tell them brought a fresh poignancy to them. Stroke and all he hasn't lost his capacity to move an audience.

We get to see the personal side of Kirk Douglas not just the screen legend. The only time he really gets into his films is talking about Spartacus and how he broke down the blacklist by hiring Dalton Trumbo openly to write the screenplay. That certainly was an achievement that would top an Oscar which Kirk was nominated three times for and never won.

This man is as vital as they come. I'm not sure he wouldn't turn down a film deal if he thought he was right for the role. Maybe he could get Olivia deHavilland to come back as a leading lady. She's five months older than him as Kirk is heading for the big 99.

Wouldn't that be something?


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