An actress, a director, and a writer are asked to help revive the career of ruthless Hollywood studio bigwig Jonathan Shields. However, all three are reluctant because they have all been used and betrayed by him in the past.
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Very clever storyline of a corrupt studio executive told in flashback by 3 people who each has good reason to hate him. A stellar cast boasting the talent of Kirk Douglas; Lana Turner; Dick Powell; Gloria Grahame and Walter Pidgeon in addition to fine character actors under the expert direction of Vincente Minnelli ensures that the film never descends into a turgid melodrama.
I love "All About Eve" and "Sunset Blvd.", and honestly I didn't think of either in viewing this, though by comparison the other two are probably superior in their own right. This too, despite the perhaps obvious scenes of recollection and easily thrust-upon indebtedness, is a consummate work, maybe not on the level of the other two pictures, but thanks to Kirk's performance through and through.
This suffers from the same problem as S Ray's Nayak - moving in a zone which is chock-full of our expectations and ideas about Hollywood (just as Nayak is all about what we think of the private life of a superstar). Very rarely does this rise above the expected and the known.
Although this melodramatic Hollywood exposé may not have the same shock value it had 60 years ago, it still holds up surprisingly well today on its own terms. Lana Turner's star power doesn't quite compensate for her just adequate acting ability, which keeps this film from ranking as an unqualified classic. Otherwise, the cast is uniformly outstanding, including Kirk Douglas in one of his best performances.
Un réalisateur, une actrice et un scénariste a qui l'on propose un nouveau contrat avec un célèbre producteur d'Hollywood, actuellement dans une fort mauvaise passe financière, évoquent chacun à leur tour, la tyrannie et les humiliations subies dans le passé par l'homme en question et leurs compréhensibles réticences pour se lancer dans ce projet ..... SUPERBE ! www.cinefiches.com