Episode 140: Billy Wilder’s “Ace In The Hole”
A discussion of Billy Wilder’s 1951 film “Ace In The Hole.”
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In 1951, Billy Wilder takes a dark point-of-view at American consumerism and exploitation. “Ace In The Hole” was ahead of its time while still staying confined with the strict Hollywood production code. The story of a newspaper journalist who exploits a man trapped in a cave after a cave-in says a lot about the gentrification of Native Americans from the South West, the need to sensationalize the news, and how far Americans will go for earn a buck.
Why were audiences in the 1950s polarized by “Ace In The Hole?” How are audiences finding a subversive film like “Ace In the Hole?” And Why was “Ace In The Hole” the darkest film in Billy Wilder’s filmography?
Billy Wilder’s “Ace In The Hole” is the subject of episode 140 of the AuteurCast…