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Kirk Douglas hoists his Freedom of Expression Award

Kirk speaks after receiving this year's Jewish Film Festival's Freedom of Expression Award

Ann Sothern and Kirk in "A Letter to Three Wives" (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, dir., 1949)

Kirk starred in "Spartacus" (Stanley Kubrick, dir., 1960). The movie was screened after the SFJFF honored Douglas.

Anyone strolling by the Castro Theatre in San Francisco at 1:45 p.m. Sunday would have seen not only the marquee promising "Kirk Douglas in Person at the Jewish Film Festival," but the actual Douglas hoisting his festival award for the camera. He even blew an air kiss to the Castro, saying, "I love this theater."
The actor is an impressive 94, with sufficient amount of white hair to remind you of one of his dominant physical features in his prime years. He wore an ivory silk jacket, dark open-necked shirt and sneakers.
During his honor in the theater, he never lost sight of his audience. Walking up a short flight of stairs to the stage, unassisted, he turned around to face them. Exiting by a side door, he put both hands to his mouth and offered a kiss to the audience in the midst of a standing ovation.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/25/DDVL1KENLS.DTL#ixzz1TKnPfdCu

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