Ace in the Hole: Wild Wilder

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Billy Wilder's most famous box office flop, the searing 1951 satire Ace in the Hole (once retitled The Big Carnival in a lame attempt to save it) has long been a cult item and now that Criterion's revived it on disc, clearly much more than that, too. "It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way," wrote the Christian Science Monitor's David Sterritt.

"An acquired taste," adds The New York Times' A.O. Scott, "and an unforgettable one."

Also see: An interesting essay on the film by Richard Armstrong in Senses of Cinema

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