Has-been screen idol Jack Andrus just out of a sanitarium grabs at a small role in a movie shot in Rome by a director whose career is also on the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over, realizing this is his last shot at redemption.
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2011
"There's too much style and meaning here to simply disregard the whole as trash. The crux of the film is addiction..."
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In 1952, star Kirk Douglas, director Vincente Minnelli, producer John Houseman and screenwriter Charles Schnee teamed for what many consider the greatest drama ever made about Hollywood: The Bad and the Beautiful. Ten years later, they took another powerful insider's look at the movie business, this time adapting a book by Irwin Shaw. Douglas portrays has-been screen idol Jack Andrus. Just out of a sanitarium, Jack grabs at a small role in a movie shot in Rome by a director (Edward G. Robinson) whose career is also on the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over, realizing this is his last shot at personal and professional redemption. Trenchant, confrontational, intensified by Minnelli's genius for color, Two Weeks in Another Town captures the passion of creative people facing the abyss.
An actor trying to revive his career after a nervous breakdown finds the manipulative characters in his life seem to be standing in his way.
Once Jack Andrus was one of tinseltown's biggest stars, but now he's a washed-up actor, trying to hold on to what's left of his career. After a three-year stint at a sanitarium, that leaves him unstable and emotionally broken, Jack arrives in Rome to work with Maurice Kruger -- the man who in the past directed some of Jack's best movies. But Rome is where Hollywood has-beens go to work when they have no other options, and Kruger is no exception. Can Jack's overseas experience help him understand what is holding him back, and allow him to regain his former glory'
Theatrical Release |
The laserdisc version contain the trailer for this film.
The film clips used to illustrate character Jack Andrus' Oscar winning performance coem from "The Bad and the Beautiful," a film that director Vincent Minnelli, producer John Houseman, screenwriter Charles Schnee, and Kirk Douglas worked on ten years prior to the release of "Two Weeks in Another Town."
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