The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
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as soon as i saw that last shot thanking the academy for letting them use oscar statuettes in the movie i knew it must had won a shitload of them. and i was right- it won 5 oscars. 2 things the academy loves: ass-kissing and movies about the industry. amazing film though.
Great Hollywood tale of a ruthlessly ambitious producer and the people he walks over on his route to the top before his inevitable decline. Kirk Douglas is on blazing form as Jonathan Shields, particularly impressive in his scenes opposite Lana Turner in the second of three long flashbacks from friends and lovers Shields trampled over to get his way. It stands comparison with Billy Wilder's similar dissection of studio Hollywood in "Sunset Boulevard" (though with less cynical venom) and rightly won a slew of Oscars.
Always amazes me how long that it takes to get that phone call from Paris ready. Oh, how technology has advanced.
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This movie ranks #1 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
This movie ranks #41 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #52 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #245 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #327 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #348 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #436 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #736 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films