Truth, Lies, & Headlines
Part 3: Lurid Headlines
ACE IN THE HOLE
by Billy Wilder
1951, digital projection, 112 min
Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas), a down-on-his-luck amoral newspaper reporter has bounced across the country from job to job. He takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper but finds that there’s not much in the way of pressing news. The post appears uninteresting until he catches wind of a treasure hunter (Richard Benedict) trapped in an old Indian dwelling mineshaft, and turns the story into a media sensation.
Soon Tatum is using unscrupulous tactics to draw out the situation, an approach that comes back to haunt him.
Truth, Lies & Headlines is a six-part monthly film series that explores the impact of American media, its ever-shifting appetite for sensation, and its influence on public opinion. Each screening will be followed by a group discussion. Program and program notes by Ashley Cooper.
Ashley Cooper is a Location Coordinator for film and TV productions based in Chicago. She is a cinephile who has a passion for classic American cinema.
Doors open at 5:30 PM & screening begins at 6:00 PM
This is a FREE screening with limited seating; please come early to save a seat.