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Egyptian Theatre tribute to Kirk Douglas to feature legendary actor

Critic's Choice: The American Cinematheque's seven-film tribute Sept. 19 to Kirk Douglas will include an appearance by the actor.

September 12, 2012|By Kenneth Turan
  • Kirk Douglas in 1962's "Lonely Are the Brave."
Kirk Douglas in 1962's "Lonely Are the Brave." (Universal Pictures, Universal…)

Kirk Douglas is one of the last of the giants, the 95-year-old survivor of Hollywood's last golden age and still going strong.

He is scheduled to make an in-person appearance at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 to help kick off a seven-film tribute to the durable actor.

The film Douglas will speak before is one of his best: 1962's elegiac "Lonely Are the Brave," written by Dalton Trumbo from an Edward Abbey novel and directed by David Miller.

The actor plays a traditional cowboy who has a run-in with modern law enforcement, exemplified by an excellent Walter Matthau.

Other films showing in the series include "Ace in the Hole," "Paths of Glory," "The Bad and the Beautiful," "Lust for Life," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and, of course, "Spartacus." Aces, every one.

— Kenneth Turan

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