The Bad And The Beautiful


(out of 5)

The soap opera-style plot of this classic is easily overcome by the electrifying performances and artistic direction by Vincente Minnelli; not only is the film beautifully shot, but it is beautifully shot in black and white, when we all thought Minnelli was solely a genius with colour.  plays a maniacal producer whose many difficult dealings with his leading lady () as well as others close to him (, ) are the reason they choose not to help him make a comeback after a long career drought. They recount their experiences with him in long flashbacks, including among them an adorable  in an Oscar winning role as Powell’s charming Southern belle wife.  In this filmm Turner was the age she was portrayed at in Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential, a tidbit for those who think that the young actress playing her in that film wasn’t enough of a dead ringer. .


USA, 1952

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by

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Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1952

Golden Globe Awards 1952



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