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Film Noir: Ace in the Hole


August 22, 2012

Please join us on Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. for Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951, 111 min) on the first floor of the Mid-Manhattan Library.

Film Noir is part of Mystery Summer and a full schedule is available online at: All screenings are FREE and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Description: Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American drama film starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper.

"In 1951 the United States government conducted 126 nuclear tests at a site in the Nevada desert. That same year, writer/producer/director Billy Wilder conducted his own nuclear test in another desert state, New Mexico: a caustic media satire called Ace in the Hole, which remains one of the sharpest and smartest, not to mention cruelest, skewerings of journalism, American culture, and the base human desire to exploit tragedy ever committed to film."
—James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

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