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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1953 (Brazil)
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

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Won 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow, a star Georgia Lorrison and a director Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers. Written by alfiehitchie

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I took you out of the gutter . . . I can fling you back! See more »

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9 February 1953 (Brazil)  »

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Memorial to a Bad Man  »

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$1,558,000 (estimated)
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The scene in which Georgia drives off into the rainy night after discovering that Shields has been cheating on her was so complicated it took weeks after she had finished the rest of her scenes before she got to film it. Vincente Minnelli put the car's interior on a turntable, then choreographed the cameras moves in and out as the turntable shifted position. He then instructed Lana Turner to build her emotions to hysteria throughout the complicated take. It took a day to get all the angles Minnelli wanted, by which time Turner truly was hysterical. The scene was one of the most memorable in The Bad and the Beautiful. See more »

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The sound of the punch that is thrown at Jonathan Shields is noticeably early. See more »

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Jonathan Shields: Don't worry. Some of the best movies are made by people working together who hate each other's guts.
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Featured in Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) See more »

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Temptation
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Hadda Brooks with Milton Raskin at the piano
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show biz can't satisfy anyone
12 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One thing that I've always wondered is why no one looks at Hollywood more negatively than Hollywood itself. But whatever the reason, "The Bad and the Beautiful" pulls no punches in looking at its topic. The movie portrays some people explaining how they used to be friends of producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) but have since turned against him. There's the director whom Shields promised a directing job but betrayed him, the writer who lost his wife to Shields's actions, and the actress whom Shields drove to madness.

I thought that one of the most effective scenes in the movie was Kirk Douglas holding Lana Turner in his arms. Here he is, this overbearing, hostile character forced to almost coddle his gorgeous female star; it might be showing how he may seemingly have exalted her, but he remains in a higher position and is merely using her and sending her into insanity. And the scene of her driving the car while completely upset elaborates on this idea.

And then, there's the writer. He and his wife move from Virginia hoping to get really big in Hollywood...until tragedy strikes. It all goes to show the disaster inherent in any industry (of course, Douglas's character exacerbates any problem). But anyway, this is a formidable part of cinema history; a precursor to movies like "The Player". Also starring Dick Powell, Walter Pidgeon and Gloria Grahame (who won Best Supporting Actress).


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