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Bad and the Beautiful, The (PG)

Bad and the Beautiful, The (PG)

Drama, Romance

An actress, a director, and a writer are asked to help revive the career of ruthless Hollywood studio bigwig Jonathan Shields. However, all three are reluctant because they have all been used and betrayed by him in the past.

The critical consensus

Even without a knowledge of the background, this is sharp, cynical fun.

****(*)Philip Kemp, Total Film, 10/04/2012

Kirk Douglas's producer backstabs his way around Hollywood in Vincente Minnelli's fascinating black comedy.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/04/2012

The wittiest, most glamourous and finely sculpted piece of trash you’ll ever see.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 19/04/2012

Immaculately cast and acted.

Philip French, The Observer, 22/04/2012

It’s a film as finely structured and ageless as the face of a surgically enhanced star. The Bad and the Beautiful took home a quintet of Oscars from 1953’s ceremony and in its title alone we have possibly the greatest ever description of Hollywood.

*****Emma Simmonds, The List, 23/04/2012

Features about Bad and the Beautiful, The (PG)

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday May 11, 2012, until Thursday May 17, 2012. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Saturday June 9, 2012, until Tuesday June 12, 2012. More info:

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