The Bad and the Beautiful

In keeping with this Lee Grant’s insightful …A Father… A Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and as a tribute to Kirk Douglas’s recent passing, one of his classic performances, and one of the great portraits of Hollywood’ s genial, ambitious and ruthless soul. Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve are often mentioned as precursors of Vincent Minnelli’s 1952 film about a producer (Douglas) on the brink of bankruptcy, trying to lure back the star (Lana Turner), the director (Dick Powell) and the writer (Barry Sullivan) that made him and that he brutally betrayed. Cat People producer Val Lewton is widely considered the inspiration for Douglas character, Jonathan Shields. Better known for his gorgeous musicals (such as Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris), Minnelli is also one of the great masters of American 50s melodrama -his portrait of the industry he inhabits cynical and tender at the same time. The Bad and the Beautiful won five Academy Awards, including Cinematography, Art Direction, Writing and Costume Design. David Raskin, the "Grandfather of Film Music," wrote the film's famous title theme.

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