Thursday, January 12, 2017

Career (1959)

Academy Awards, USA 1960

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Joseph LaShelle
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
Hal Pereira
Walter H. Tyler
Sam Comer
Arthur Krams
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Edith Head

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Joseph Anthony
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A young actor moves to NYC with hopes of becoming a star. He soon finds himself living in a cold apartment with barely enough to eat. He meets director Dean Martin who is just as broke. They become roommates while producing off Broadway plays. His old girlfriend shows up unexpectedly one day and they are soon married. However, she becomes disillusioned when he fails to find success as an actor. They break up and he starts a relationship with the daughter of an influential producer, leading to another short-lived marriage. When he finally finds the success he craves, he can't admit that the cost was too high. While the story (co-written by Dalton Trumbo) addresses the addictive narcissism of fame, it too often resorts to melodrama to advance the plot. 

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