The Bad and the Beautiful

Monday, August 12th, at 7:00pm

Some call it the best movie ever made about Hollywood—and the movies themselves. In any case, it set a record by winning five Oscars without being nominated for Best Picture. It won for its art direction, cinematography, costumes, and writing, as well as Gloria Grahame’s Best Supporting Actress for her role as a modern Southern belle (who talks about Richmond and Roanoke in the film). The college town where she and her husband, writer Dick Powell, live in the film is probably Charlottesville, VA, although it’s not identified. Douglas plays a ruthless director-producer who is rumored to be modeled after David O. Selznick. Walter Pidgeon plays the head of the studio, Lana Turner its glamorous star; together they play the Hollywood game—ruthlessly. A tough, behind-the-scenes drama. Directed by Vincente Minnelli (1952, 118 mins)