HANGOVER MATINEES: Hollywood Gothic - The Bad and the Beautiful

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Vincent Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis, Gigi, An American in Paris)’s Hollywood backlot melodrama cleaned up at the 1953 Oscars (6 nominations, 5 wins), in what must have been an almost absurdly satirical celebration of Hollywood’s Hollywood. Unfolding via flashbacks from the perspectives of three wronged collaborators (Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Dick Powell), The Bad and the Beautiful pieces together the mythic and notorious reputation of a mercurial movie mogul, Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), loosely based on real life producer and screenwriter Val Lewton (known for a string of low-budget horror films). Gaudy, theatrical, and sharply witty, The Bad and the Beautiful is a tale of a man destroyed, the film fully realized as its subject falls apart.

Dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1952, 35mm, 118 min.

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