2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Inaccurate, boring, done on the cheap documentary
blanche-2 from United States
27 May 2006
"Hollywood Sex Symbols" is a thrown together mess featuring some -
certainly not all - of Hollywood sex symbols from the 1920s through the
1970s - in about 42 minutes. The footage is of poor quality and of
little interest. In the beginning, as the commentator talks about
Hollywood glamor and the beautiful people, there is a clip of three men
standing outside of the Oscars - all unrecognizable, and one of them
looks like Dwight D. Eisenhower. The commentator then announces the
name of the program as "Hollywood'S Sex Symbols" while the chiron says
"Hollywood Sex Symbols." Right away you know you're in trouble.
Most stars get between 30 seconds and 1 minute, with the majority of
time spent on Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe, although there is one
long, dull segment of Bridget Bardot posing for photographers. There
are no clips from movies. Everything shown is from press conferences or
premiers, or events where the press was present, and the film quality
is uniformly bad. The rest of the material is photographs.
Jayne Mansfield is included; Jean Harlow is not. Rita Hayworth is
included; Ava Gardner is not. Clark Gable is included (along with some
interesting news - he won an Oscar for Gone With the Wind); Gary Cooper
is not. The commentator talks about Rita Cansino and how different she
looked before becoming Rita Hayworth, but we only get to see photos of
Rita Hayworth in her prime.
The cast list on the IMDb page lists Charlie Chaplin - must have missed
him, but doesn't list Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn, both of whom were
included. Since the program was done in 1988, Rock Hudson is omitted.
Very poor and easily skipped.
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