Olivia de Havilland isn't the only legend of the Golden Age of Cinema celebrating a centennial birthday this year!
Kirk Douglas celebrates his 100th birthday on December 9, 2016.
UCLA will honor Douglas with Kirk Douglas: A Centennial Celebration which opens Friday, July 8th, and runs through Friday, September 30th.
25 films starring Douglas will be shown at the Billy Wilder Theater. With the exception of THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE (1959), which will screen in 16mm, all films in the series will be shown in 35mm.
The series opens Friday evening with Vincente Minnelli's LUST FOR LIFE (1952). Many classic Douglas titles will be shown in the coming weeks, including ACE IN THE HOLE (1951), SPARTACUS (1960), LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962), and PATHS OF GLORY (1958).
Of greatest interest to me are I WALK ALONE (1948) with Burt Lancaster and Lizabeth Scott on July 13th, THE BIG SKY (1952) and MAN WITHOUT A STAR (1955) on July 17th, and THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946) and OUT OF THE PAST (1947) on September 18th.
The series comes full circle, ending on September 30th with two more films Douglas made with Vincente Minnelli, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) and TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (1962).
Other films in the series which have been reviewed here previously are DETECTIVE STORY (1951), YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950), and 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954).
For complete details, please visit the schedule at the UCLA website.
The latest UCLA program guide confirms the announcement at a recent screening that a Joan Blondell retrospective is coming this fall! That should be a fantastic series.
Update: Here's my review of THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946).