Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 143: Fri Jun 1

The Bad and the Beautiful (Minnelli, 1952): Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image, 6pm

This 35mm screening is part of the excellent 'Cinephiles' strand at the Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image (in the Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H OPD). You can see the full Birkbeck programme here.

Chicago Reader review:
Vincente Minnelli will always be known and loved for his musicals (
Meet Me in St. LouisThe Band Wagon), but the melodramas he made in the 50s are no less accomplished and often more personal. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) is superficially a typical Hollywood “inside story” chronicling the ruthless rise of an aggressive producer (Kirk Douglas), loosely based on Val Lewton. But under Minnelli's direction it becomes a fascinating study of a man destroyed by the 50s success ethic, left broke, alone, and slightly insane in the end. Douglas is surprisingly good as Minnelli's manic everyman and is well supported by (believe it or not) Lana Turner and Dick Powell. Scripted by Charles Schnee; with Walter Pidgeon, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, and Leo G. Carroll.

Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer. 

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