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Aro Favourite Ace in the Hole


aka: The Big Carnival
USA 1951, 111 minutes, B/W
Dir. Billy Wilder
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Classics, Drama

Topics: Media, Satire.


Aroview: Cast in a hole until recently, this scathing editorial on media sensationalism and the human spectacle stars Kirk Douglas (never fiercer) as a callous newspaperman who exploits a trapped miner for his own journalistic gain.

Too heartless and on the nose for its time, Wilder’s dark horse media satire hasn’t diminished in the slightest, plumbing the lower depths of American culture and moral fragility, all the while building towards a dizzying, carnivalesque finale lensed in the harshest of black and white.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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