Good News for Bad News

“It’s taken more than fifty years, but the world has finally caught up with [the] dark and cynical vision” of Billy Wilder’s chillingly black satire of the fourth estate, Ace in the Hole, A. O. Scott declares in a clever new video essay for the New York Times. In his short “Critics’ Picks” feature, including clips and commentary, Scott, a bit cheekily, half marvels at Wilder’s savvy prescience, half laments that “the extraordinary media frenzy that Wilder depicted has become daily reality.” No sentimental, lofty talk about the dying art of print journalism from the Gray Lady’s film department!

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