Obviously I haven't been posting much on here for a while.
However, we finally saw The Artist at the BFI the other week, and it was prefaced by the rip-roaring trailer for The Bad and the Beautiful, which is being shown until May 3rd as part of the Vincente Minelli season they're running.
I posted a quickie about the film when we first saw it in 2009, so I thought I might as well repost it here.
The Bad and The Beautiful the
other night, as part of the 'Passport to Cinema' series, run by the BFI
and NFTS. Written by Charles Schnee (who won the Oscar for Best
Screenplay) and directed by Vincente Minelli, it's a portrait of
Jonathan Shields, a monstrous but charming Hollywood producer, played by
It's got an interesting flashback structure, with
Shields never appearing in 'real time'. A director (Barry Sullivan),
film star (Lana Turner) and screenwriter (Dick Powell) are summoned to
the office of Shields' assistant and offered the opportunity to work
with him again. Then, each of them recalls their experiences at his
hands that made them swear never to go near him again.
Shields is a complex character. Despite his selfish deeds, it's clear
that he's a man of considerable ability and charm - not quite the
typically monstrous blowhard you might expect.
ruthlessness made their various collaborations successful and paved the
way for all three to enjoy future prosperity. As the film ends, it's
clear that he retains sufficient charisma for the trio to find
themselves being drawn in to his proposed project.
heard of the film before seeing it in the BFI brochure, but it's an
entertaining look at the dark side of Hollywood, with quite a bit of
edge. And any film with a screenwriter as one of the main characters has
got to be worth a look.