Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review: The Bad and the Beautiful

The Bad and the Beautiful: Apparently this is a night for good movies because I love this one! Plot: A once great movie maker has asked his business partner to gather together 3 top talents in the business to see if they would work for him just one last time. The problem: all three hate him. Through a series of flashback we see the rise, the work, and each fall of a motion picture man and the people who came and went and stayed with him. Really, this movie is phenomenal. Kirk Douglas again shocks me with his performance. A charming bastard if ever there was one. Turner also is fantastic - and even manages to play a bad actress for a portion of her story - which is harder to do than you think. Everyone in this film is great - and if you look at the cast list you will see a who's who of character actors, and a list of to be made famous as well. And with the wonderful direction of Vincent Minnelli. Since it is all about making movies, there is incredible variety in the sets, the costumes, and all the different stories within the story. No kidding, it is great!
It is selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was nominated for 6 Academy Awards and won for 5 of them.
5 out of 5 stars!

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