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Truth, Lies, & Headlines: Part 3

Truth, Lies, & Headlines
Part 3: Lurid Headlines

by Billy Wilder
1951, digital projection, 112 min

Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas), a down-on-his-luck amoral newspaper reporter has bounced across the country from job to job. He takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper but finds that there's not much in the way of pressing news. The post appears uninteresting until he catches wind of a treasure hunter (Richard Benedict) trapped in an old Indian dwelling mineshaft, and turns the story into a media sensation. Soon Tatum is using unscrupulous tactics to draw out the situation, an approach that comes back to haunt him.

Truth, Lies & Headlines is a six-part monthly film series that explores the impact of American media, its ever-shifting appetite for sensation, and its influence on public opinion. Each screening will be followed by a group discussion. Program and program notes by Ashley Cooper.

Ashley Cooper is a Location Coordinator for film and TV productions based in Chicago. She is a cinephile who has a passion for classic American cinema.