The Goddess

  • 1958
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This probing inquiry into the making of a film star fails by its inability to present anything beyond the expected. All the typical situations one would expect a woman working toward stardom to encounter are presented without deviation. This is mainly the fault of screenwriter Chayefsky--the first time he had ever ventured to the West Coast to put his pen...read more

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This probing inquiry into the making of a film star fails by its inability to present anything beyond the expected. All the typical situations one would expect a woman working toward stardom to encounter are presented without deviation. This is mainly the fault of screenwriter

Chayefsky--the first time he had ever ventured to the West Coast to put his pen to work. Luckily a subtle and workmanlike job was delivered from Cromwell at the helm. Stanley plays the woman who rose from squalor in a southern slum to become one of the hottest idols of the screen, a journey she

makes not so much on talent as on her looks. Ultimately she cannot remain in the spotlight for long; her demise shows her as a woman dependent upon other forms of stimulation, mainly drugs and alcohol, to keep going. Those people closest to her are also affected by the changes she must go through,

her mother eventually turning to religion. What could have been a powerful portrayal of the darker side of a glamourized lifestyle remains but a naive and ordinary expose that makes an actor's life look empty and shallow. It has been said that this film profiles the career of either Ava Gardner or

Marilyn Monroe, yet Chayefsky (who nabbed an Oscar nomination for his screenplay) has always insisted that he was really drawing from the goddess Success as profiled by American philosopher William James.

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