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The Bad and the Beautiful

One of the most enjoyable self-reflective Hollywood films, this warts-and-all portrait follows ruthlessly ambitious film producer Jonathan Shields and his rise to power as he betrays the trust of his fellow directors, actors and writers. Through flashbacks, Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis and An American in Paris) blends affectionate satire and scathing drama to perfection, creating an authentic account of the trials and tribulations of the movie making industry. With a superb turn from Kirk Douglas mastering a potent mix of charm, canniness and determination, this is an utterly compelling classic.