Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1962 • United States
Starring Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse
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. Just out of a sanitarium, has-been screen idol Jack Andrus (Kirk Douglas) grabs at a small role in a movie shot in Rome by a manipulative 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, and intensified by Minnelli’s genius for color, TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN captures the passion of creative people facing the abyss.