The Bad and the Beautiful
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The Bad and the Beautiful -- Gritty Hollywood melodrama about the rise and fall of a ruthless producer (Kirk Douglas) as told in flashback by the director (Barry Sullivan) he exploited to get his start, an actress (Lana Turner) he pretended to love and a screenwriter (Dick Powell) who blames him for the death of his wife (Gloria Grahame). Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the episodic story has a number of credible scenes about the business and craft of movie-making, but the troubled characters never emerge as anything more than familiar stereotypes. Sexual situtions and ambiguous treatment of Hollywood ethics. (A-III) 1952
These movies have been evaluated for artistic merit and moral suitability by the media reviewing division of Catholic News Service. The reviews include the CNS rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.
The classifications are as follows:
A-I -- general patronage;
A-II -- adults and adolescents;
A-III -- adults;
L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
O -- morally offensive.
Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.