The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)

Directed by Vincente Minnelli The Bad and the Beautiful is told in the same fashion as Citizen Kane.  It's the story of a legendary figure, in this case Hollywood producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas), as told through three flashbacks, each from the perspective of a different character.  We only ever meet Shields through these subjective accounts, … Continue reading The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Directed by Jonathan Demme It's hard to believe that the guy who directed Philadelphia also directed Rachel Getting Married.  They are two very different films, both in content and form.  In Philadelphia, every shot feels controlled, and in this case every shot feels incredibly loose, almost improvised.  This is a story about chaos, reveling in family turmoil but also … Continue reading Rachel Getting Married (2008)