A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow, a star Georgia Lorrison and a director Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers.Written by
There are those who find this one dated, shallow, unconvincing, poorly acted, blah!, blah!, blah! To each his own. If you're in the mood for Hollywood at its most self-indulgent, though, both in story and treatment, this one's for you!
It surprises me that Vincente Minnelli wasn't even nominated for his direction of this film, which was generously rewarded on Oscar night in various categories, and that David Raksin was also overlooked for his very fine and expressive score. Lana, so often underrated as an actress, gives quite a performance and Minnelli was especially appreciative of what she could do. He's quoted as saying, "She had great depth and color and rose to the part..." in an interview in which he reveals that her hysterical flight in her automobile was accomplished in just one take! Take that Kim Basinger!
The CD now available includes a quite interesting Turner Classic Movies documentary, "Lana Turner...A Daughter's Memoir," with Cheryl Crane gracefully sharing some memories, a scoring session with music cues, and two theatrical trailers: for "The Bad and The Beautiful" and its CinemaScope/Metrocolor "sequel," also starring Kirk Douglas, scored by David Raksin and directed by Minnelli, "Two Weeks in Another Town," which was far and away more over-the-top than its predecessor.
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