8/10
A wharf rat becomes a Hollywood star!
19 May 2017
Warning: Spoilers
NOTES: Ruth Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, losing to Shelley Winters in "A Patch of Blue". The film was also nominated for Best Sets (in color) and Best Costumes (in color), losing both to "Doctor Zhivago".

COMMENT: Gavin Lambert's satire of Hollywood in the thirties, is well acted and conscientiously directed (Robert Mulligan). I'm not overfond of Lambert's obsession with insanity (cf. also "The Slide Area"), but in its exposé moments, the film is very entertaining. Andre Previn's score is atmospherically effective and Charles Lang's photography (unlike his poor quality work on "How To Steal a Million") is up to standard.

Running times: 128 minutes (USA), 107 minutes (UK), 131 minutes (Australia).
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