Nov 29th, 2020 by Adjust Your Tracking
MGM and Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful is an unblinking look at hubris and ego in Hollywood's Golden Era. Kirk Douglas stars as Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, and we see his career through the three peoples personal experiences; director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), movie star Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner), and screenwriter James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell), who explain how he both destroyed their personal lives but made their careers. It's a visually splendid picture that is a great example of studio film making with John Houseman bringing personal experience and applying a Citizen Kane like structure to Hollywood. Filmmaker Brandon Kahn helps us dissect this classic.
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