Tue, 13 September 2016
"It's a good story today. Tomorrow, they'll wrap a fish in it."
Billy Wilder is one of Hollywood's most popular classic directors, and many of his films continue to amuse and thrill audiences to this day. Ace in the Hole (1951) was a bit of a departure for Wilder, with an unsympathetic protagonist (played brilliantly by Kirk Douglas) and a tragic ending that's a far cry from Wilder's Some Like it Hot (1959).
Ace in the Hole is about blind ambition and how far some would go for fame and fortune, as well as crossing the line without knowing it until it's too late. The film bombed on its release, but is now regarded as one of Wilder's most influential films.
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