The Bad and the Beautiful

Synopsis: Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer James Lee Bartlow, a star Georgia Lorrison and a director Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone - including the writer, star and director - on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Vincente Minnelli
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

on Poverty Row, four-day quickies...

...sold a couple of story ideas. To eat

I work as an extra and do stunts.

- What I aim to be is a director.

- What's stopping you?

I can direct better than most

of the hacks I work for.

When it comes to telling people

how good I am, I get tongue-tied.

I'm not that tongue-tied with you.

- You are looking for a job?

- Yeah.

So am I.

Come on in.

If my father had died last year,

I'd be a millionaire.

Next year, he'd have put up

a new studio for me to inherit.

This year, I don't have a dime.

- Who paid the crowd at the funeral?

- That was the last of the cash.

He lived in a crowd.

I couldn't let him be buried alone.

The best legal counsel advised me

to change my name.

Because the town thought

your father was a heel?

He wasn't a heel.

He was the heel.

We couldn't stand living in the

same town, but I liked him a lot.

He made great pictures. So will I.

You haven't got much to begin with.

No, he brought me up to start at the

top. How do you start at the bottom?

- Are you gonna change your name?

- Change it?

I'm gonna ram the name of Shields

down their throats.

Where are you living?

Until they kick me out,

this is my bed and board.

Come on.

By the way, my name is Fred Amiel.

- Hi.

- Hi.

but jobs were sky-high.

Particularly if your name was Shields.

Some days we'd hit with a quickie

or a Western on Poverty Row...

... and eat well.

Okay, boys. Let's go.

Grab that one.

And some nights we played.

We crashed only the very best parties.

If the actor counts five between

each word, you think he's good.

And directing? If you don't film it,

get it in the cutting room.

Man's in love, cut to a cactus.

She goes crazy, fade into a wheel.

Montage, montage!

But where is your story?

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Charles Schnee

For the American producer (1920-2009), see Charles Schneer.Charles Schnee (6 August 1916 Bridgeport, Connecticut - 29 November 1963 Beverly Hills, California) gave up law to become a screenwriter in the mid-1940s, crafting scripts for the classic Westerns Red River (1948) and The Furies (1950), the social melodrama They Live By Night (1949), and the cynical Hollywood saga The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), for which he won an Academy Award. He worked primarily as a film producer and production executive during the mid-1950s (credits include Until They Sail), but he eventually turned his attention back to scriptwriting. more…

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