" The Bad and The Beautiful" -- 92pts. Easily Vincente Minnelli's best film. "Hollywood" likes a cynical Hollywood story and this 1952 film about the rise of a film studio executive, has that, and also one of Kirk Douglas's best performances. There are also so many good actors in this particularly perhaps Barry Sullivan's best roll and a very good role for Citizen Kane's servant Paul Stewart. Also featuring noir actress Gloria Grahame playing against type.
Second only to "Sunset Boulevard" in its jaundiced look at Hollywood, It perhaps offers more hope than the glorious despair of that movie which came out less than a year earlier.