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'Spartacus' Kirk Douglas

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Kirk Douglas Centennial

Every Mon., Tue., and Sun. from Dec. 4-27
Time Varies
$8
Festivals, Film

Born into poverty on December 9, 1916, Kirk Douglas was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia who spent his childhood scrambling around the streets of NYC in search of work before dedicating himself to acting. Guided by an unwavering sense of self-determination, Douglas would work his way through college and serve in the Navy during WWII before achieving success on the stage and then onscreen. Wearing this hardscrabble background on his famously rugged features, Douglas became a leading man possessed of a rare gravitas. In celebration of the Hollywood legend’s 100th birthday, Trylon microcinema is hosting the four film Kirk Douglas Centennial. Director Stanley Kubrick opens the series with his sword and sandals epic, Spartacus (1960), in which Douglas leads a slave revolt in ancient Rome. Shifting to Norse adventure, The Vikings (1958) features Douglas battling illegitimate half-brother Tony Curtis for the kingdom of Northumbria (and the heart of Janet Leigh). Screened from a rare archival print, Brian DePalma’s The Fury (1978) is a bracing thriller with Douglas as an ex-CIA agent attempting to extricate his psychic son from the sinister clutches of a nefarious government agency. Concluding the series is the film that Douglas considered his personal favorite, Lonely Are the Brave (1962), wherein the actor portrays a cowboy fighting to maintain his independence and integrity in a land seemingly designed to stifle both. Sundays through Tuesdays; check take-up.org/series/162 for a complete schedule.