Bad and the Beautiful, The*

  • 1952 ----- b & w ----- 118 min ----- laserdisc///
  • (Directed by Vincente Minnelli, screenply by Charles Schnee based on a story by George Bradshaw; with Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland) This glossy melodrama about a "bad" meglomaniac Hollywood producer and a "beautiful" alcoholic star is one of those movies that set out to explain what Hollywood is really like. It's an example of what it purports to expose--luxurious exhibitionism--and the course of what is described as a "rat race" to success is the softest turf ever. [Funded by the Department of Comparative Studies] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Features, Women Studies)