The Bad and the Beautiful1953
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Critic Consensus: Melodrama at its most confident, The Bad and the Beautiful is an ode to moviemaking that offers unblinking insight into the ugly egos that have shaped Hollywood history.
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as Jonathan Shields
as Georgia Lorrison
as Harry Pebbel
as James Lee Bartlow
as Fred Amiel
as Rosemary Bartlow
as Victor 'Gaucho' Ribera
as Henry Whitfield
as Kay Amiel
as Syd Murphy
as Von Ellstein
as Miss March
as Assistant Director
as Leading Man
as Actor in Screen Test
as Assistant Director
as Mrs. Rosser
as Mr. Z
as Joe's Friend at Party
as Voice on the Recording
as Mourner at Shields Funeral
as Little Girl
as Studio Lighting Technician
as Wardrobe Man
as Hugo Shields
as Amiel's Boy
Critic Reviews for The Bad and the Beautiful
A gaudy soap opera that also manages to satirise gaudy soap operas. Hows about that?
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.
Working from a poison-pen script by Charles Schnee, director Vincente Minnelli uncovers the darkness behind every deal and the provocation behind every production, playing into the narrative of Tinseltown as a place where souls are sold rather than saved.
Audience Reviews for The Bad and the Beautiful
A Kirk Douglas film, has to be based or meant to base a director that played a part in his career, just to factual to be a made up story. Its about a director that is pretty much ruthless, shows the story of three people who basically were made famous thru his ruthless actions. A good ole Black & White. 4 stars.
"Will you help him get started again? Will you work with him just this once?" Three people: a Pulitzer Prize winning writer (Dick Powell), a beloved actress (Lana Turner), and an Oscar winning director (Bernard Sullivan) ; all connected by one man (Kirk Douglas). A charismatic, volatile, unknowable movie producer (with some serious daddy issues) who in the past brought all three of them great success in their careers, before selfishly taking actions that caused them all to vow to never work with him again. But now, it's years later and he needs all their help to make a movie (and a comeback). Will they help him, or are the scars of the past to painful to forgive? The Bad and the Beautiful grew on me as it went along, and I found myself really enjoying it. The three self-obtained stories that make up the movie were very interesting, and Kirk Douglas and the rest displayed some fantastic acting (especially in the second story, which was my favorite). This was my first exposure to Douglas and Turner, and they were both absolutely great. As were the rest of the cast. The Bad and the Beautiful is a must-see for those who like films about the movie industry. It's dramatic, captivating, and just very satisfying in that ageless, old school kind of way. Recommended.
A good movie about the movie industry, and with a good cast. I liked it.
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