#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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 on the way to becoming one of Hollywood’s top movie makers.
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An interesting look at talent and ambition
Part of what makes this film good is that Kirk Douglas’s character is not shown as being completely evil – he manipulates people and can be ruthless about discarding them, but he’s got real talent and is good for the career of everyone he comes in contact with. “Don’t worry, some of the best movies are made by people working together who hate each other’s guts,” he says at one point, showing that (at least after he’s established his own name) he cares most about making quality movies. I found authenticity in the nuances of this personality – he’s ambitious, driven, knows how to get his way and the most out of other people, is self-aware, discerning, and artistic. Oh, and he’s also kind of an asshole.
It’s a film that starts slow and perhaps takes a little too long establishing his character, and the first story is a little less interesting than the two which follow. The film is told in flashbacks and explains how a director (Barry Sullivan), actor (Lana Turner), and a screenwriter (Dick Powell) don’t want anything to do with him anymore after he runs afoul of each in different ways over his career. You see, he’s calling them up now and hoping each will work on a new project of his, and none of them even want to talk to him.
The film really picks up with Turner; she turns in a strong performance and I loved the pathos of her story. She plays the alcoholic daughter of a great actor who doesn’t have the same talent, and yet Douglas recognizes her star power. The scene where he starts questioning the shrine she has to her father and she attacks him was the point at which I thought the film may really have something. Powell is good too, and aided considerably by Gloria Grahame, who plays his wife and appears at about the 1:20 point and then lights up the screen for the moments she’s on it, southern accent and all. What passion there is in the way she kisses Powell’s character, and how she says “James Lee, you have a very naughty mind…I’m happy to say.” The film’s biggest moment belongs to Douglas however, when he explodes at Turner after she comes to his place following an opening night party – one that certainly must be among the best in his career.
Overall, it’s an interesting look at Hollywood, and more generally, talent and ambition. I wasn’t sure what would happen once the flashbacks were told and we returned to the present, and thought the ending was clever too.
exceptional and full of lust, passion and betrayal
This movie is actually a very high quality soap opera. The story is better, as is the acting and direction, but still down deep this is a soap. Now this isn’t meant as a criticism, but this is more a description of all the plot twists and betrayals–sort of like a season of a typical soap squeezed into one movie.
Kirk Douglas does a really good job of portraying a sociopathic user–a Hollywood big-shot who stomps on all his friends and enemies alike in order to get ahead. He is the major star and focus of the film, despite it having a very strong supporting cast.
After you see this film, try to find the sequel, TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN. While it isn’t quite as good, it’s still an excellent film and shows what happens to people like Kirk once their star has faded.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Vincente Minnelli
Writer Charles Schnee (screenplay), George Bradshaw (story)
Actors Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell
Awards Won 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
Production Company Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Loew's Inc.
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 3,220 m (1954) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm