The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
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Kirk Douglas plays the corrupt and amoral head of a major film studio in this Hollywood drama, often regarded as one of the film's industry's most interesting glimpses at itself. Actress Gloria Lorrison (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), and screenwriter James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) are invited to a meeting at a Hollywood sound stage at the request of producer Harry Pebbel (Walter Pidgeon). Pebbel is working with studio chief Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), whose studio is
Jan 15, 1953 Limited
Feb 5, 2002
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Douglas gives a terrific study of male ego, all relaxed charm and going places.
Under Minnelli's direction it becomes a fascinating study of a man destroyed by the 50s success ethic, left broke, alone, and slightly insane in the end.
Charles Schnee's whip-smart script, packed with sharp one-liners and passionate dialogue is a pitch-perfect accompaniment to the noir-ish look of Robert Surtees's cinematography.
The Bad and the Beautiful took home a quintet of Oscars from 1953's ceremony and in its title alone we have possibly the greatest ever description of Hollywood.
A warts-and-all portrait of Hollywood at its zenith, a tale of how the bad created something beautiful.
A gaudy soap opera that also manages to satirise gaudy soap operas. Hows about that?
If it's not quite Sunset Blvd., Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful stands on its own as a scathing portrait of Hollywood's cutthroat ways and means.
Dramatically strange - but visually splendid - inside look at Hollywood film making.
In Minnnelli's hands, the noirish melodram is less critical of Hollywood and more ambiguous in depicting the tawdry absurdities and operatic splendors of a bizzare industry, in which the players are more of frustrated dreamers than cold manipulators.
Classic take on classic Hollywood.
Audience Reviews for The Bad and the Beautiful
- Jonathan Shields: Georgia, love is for the very young.
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