Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of actress/singe Lillian Roth who began he career on stage at a very young age and how once she found success, hit a bump that caused her to spiral downward when she began to rely on alcohol t get her through the day.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across during my quest to watch all films that have received Oscar nominations for their actor’s performances.
The premise of the film is quite intriguing despite the fact that it starts off pretty slowly and only gains enough momentum towards the very end to be even more powerful.
They do a nice job showing the rise and fall of a actress/singer who ends up reaching some very dark places that are very difficult to get away from.
Susan Hayward does a superb job with this character and shows how great an actress se can be because of the range that she shows with this character’s arc.
She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress and was more deserving than the eventual winner Anna Magnani.
The final third of this film is the most poignant part of the story and it’s unfortunate that the rest isn’t nearly as powerful even if the purpose is to try and lay the groundwork for what happens later in the story.
Loved seeing Eddie Albert in this film and his character is great to watch interact with others here.
Bottom Line – Interesting premise that starts off slowly and towards the end gets to be quite intriguing. The film does a nice job of showing how a star can hit a rut and spiral downward from there into places that are extremely difficult to break free from. Hayward is great in the lead and shows how great an actress she can be with the range that she uses for this character’s arc. Actress for her work in this film. She deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for Best The last third of the film is the most poignant, but the beginning of the film is much weaker even if it is meant to just lay the groundwork for things to come later. Albert is superb in a supporting role especially when he interacts with others around him.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Appearing together for the only time on film were Eddie Albert (playing Burt McGuire) and his wife Margo (portraying Selma). The couple were wed from December 5, 1945 until Margo’s death on July 17, 1985. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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