The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Bad and the Beautiful

Vincente Minnelli | United States | 1952 | PG

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Wed 20 Mar 2024

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This rise-and-fall tale of an anti-heroic but charismatic producer (Kirk Douglas) is one of the great films about Hollywood, whose tawdriness is revealed and subsumed by Minnelli’s lush but intense visual style. Playfully reworking the form of Citizen Kane, the life of a “great man” is viewed in flashback and from different perspectives. This self-consciously ironic MGM opus alludes to the legends of Hitchcock, Lewton, Welles, Stroheim and, most potently, David O. Selznick. Featuring an appropriately all-star cast including Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Gilbert Roland and Dick Powell, its emotional centre lies in Grahame’s wonderful Oscar-winning performance.

35mm print

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: BFI
Runtime: 118 mins

Event duration

118 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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