The Bad and the Beautiful
First screened in August 2013
Director: Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Barry Sullivan, Lana Turner, Dick Powell, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Stewart, Gilbert Roland, Gloria Grahame, Ivan Triesault, Elaine Stewart, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Sammy White, Barbara Billingsley. Screenplay: Charles Schnee (based on a screen story by George Bradshaw).

Twitter Capsule: Savory and spiffily designed. Episodic structure pays uneven returns. Sullivan a standout. The car crash!

VOR:   Enduring frame of reference against which Hollywood-eats-itself movies get judged. Point of pride for Minnelli fans. In both respects I get it but don't totally get it.

Photo © 1952 Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actor: Kirk Douglas
Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Grahame
Best Screenplay: Charles Schnee
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Robert Surtees
Best Art Direction (Black & White): Cedric Gibbons; Edward C. Carfagno, Edwin B. Willis, and F. Keogh Gleason
Best Costume Design (Black & White): Helen Rose

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