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Bad news sells best - cynisme, nepnieuws en manipulatie in Ace in the Hole

A special on Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole, a prophetic film about the future of journalism. With an introduction (in Dutch) by Dan Hassler-Forest (University of Utrecht) and the screening of Ace in the Hole.

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“Bad news sells best. 'Cause good news is no news!(Charles Tatum in Ace in the Hole)

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Ace in the Hole is an uncompromising attack on the manipulative role of the media in American society and the novelty-seeking media consumer. Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a has-been journalist hoping to strike lucky in Albuquerque. He hits upon the story of a man trapped in a cave collapse. He manages to stall the rescue operation for a week, so he can cash in on the story. Billy Wilder portrays him as a money-grubber who will do anything for a scoop. Wilder, however, also holds up a grim mirror to us, the public hungry for sensational news.


Part of

Sweet & Sour: The Films of Billy Wilder

The legendary screenwriter and Hollywood director Billy Wilder was a brilliant word artist. His Oscar-winning classics are brimming with irresistible and cynical humour: incredibly funny, bold and incisive.

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