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May 13, 2014
another rags to riches story
May 13, 2014
Overdone performance by Kim Stanley detracts from an otherwise excellently crafted 50s-noir about a love-starved and self-destructive Hollywood starlet. The film was written by Paddy Chayefsky, and some of the monologues in the film are top-notch. Nice, albeit all-too-brief performances by Patty Duke (in her first big-screen appearance) and Steven Hill as Stanley's first husband.
½ May 13, 2014
A masterpiece on Religion and Sexuality
Super Reviewer
May 13, 2014
nominated for best picture by NBR
January 22, 2014
Excellent 1958 film starring the great Kim Stanley. Chayefsky's screenplay is loosely based on Marilyn Monroe, and Stanley makes the most of it and gives a superlative performance that ranks as one of the greatest ever given for the screen. Chayefsky's screen play, John Cromwell's direction, Virgil Thompson's music along with Lloyd Bridges, Steven Hill and Betty Lou Holland are all excellent. However the primary reason to view this film is Kim Stanley's performance.
February 15, 2009
You won't see why she became a "goddess" in the film. Protagonist is very unlikeable and totally miserable throughout. Quite the downer. Shown at Bank of America Cinema 2/14/09. Great choice for Valentines day, Mike.
October 24, 2007
Kim Stanley at her finest. An atrociously underrated flick with a magnificently overlooked leading performance.
July 19, 2007
All CLASSICS are GOOD
July 9, 2007
I would kill to have this role.
March 20, 2004
(VHS) (First Viewing, 2nd Cromwell film)

An endlessly mined concept (the neurotic actress who watches her life go down the tubes) and rather disjointed Paddy Chayefsky script is saved by the exceptional work of Kim Stanley. The story is supposedly based on Marilyn Monroe's turbulant personal life, but unfortunately it's just not fleshed out enough to be very illuminating, though there are several powerful moments where the writing and acting meld to devestating effect.

Kim Stanley was such a remarkable actress, it's a shame that she didn't make more films. I've only seen her performances in [b]Sťance on a Wet Afternoon[/b] and now [b]The Goddess[/b], but she's already personal favorite actor of mine. Steven Hill, a founding member of the Actor's Studio but probably most famous for his role in TV's [i]Law and Order[/i], is quite sympathetic as Stanley's tortured first husband; Lloyd Bridges appears to lesser effect as her rather dim second.

So not necessarily an important movie, or even that great of one, but as a fan of Ms. Stanley's, I'm very glad I saw it.
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