finally watched ace in the hole today after waiting forever to see it. and gosh, it’s brilliant. like, really great. i didn’t expect to love it so much. i think kirk douglas made the movie. he pretty much blew me away. he was perfect. and wow, to go to those lengths to get a scoop! the ending was also amazing - and i’m a real sucker for a good ending. this is pure billy wilder, and that’s why i love him. i adore all of his movies. it must be that dialogue he writes - you just can’t find it anywhere else.
James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt, 1954.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall c1945
People had told me he was moody and hard to get along with, that he clammed up and wouldn’t talk. That’s a lot of nonsense. He could talk your arm off. But Jimmy never chattered. He was a very entertaining fellow because he was so interested in everything. He could talk about cattle, horses and rodeoing, and about music, poetry and literature. He read everything from Pancho Villa to comic books. He liked all kinds of music, from classical pieces to sambas. He had a terrific hi-fi set and a huge collection of recordings of African music. His pet subject, though, was sports cars. - Bob Hinkle
Scarlett Johansson as Barbara Sugarman in ‘Don Jon’.