Jack, a has-been actor, is called by director Kruger to dub a film in Rome. There, he is torn between the angelic beauty of Veronica and the charms of Carlotta, a former girlfriend. Ten years on, Douglas and Minnelli are again depicting the world of movie-making.
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A crazy, way out of control epic melodrama with Kirk Douglas ACTING ACTING ACTING and still dwarfed by the supporting cast: Cyd Charisse [excellent]; Edward G. Robinson; Claire Trevor, etc. It all plays like the slightly dim-witted cousin to THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL
"A lot of people got it into their heads that the only thing the American moviegoer wanted to do was to stare at Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and they made movies accordingly."
A stuffy, post-La Dolce Vita industry movie set in Rome that imagines a world where the men are sympathetic and the women are hysterical. With that formula, it's surprising that it's not even crazy enough to be a good camp.