Cinema: Pay Dirt

Two Weeks in Another Town. The movie business has long suffered a fascination with its own filth. Bombshell, Sunset Boulevard, The Bad and the Beautiful: the vaults are loaded with ugly stories about the beautiful people. A few of these films are works of considerable art; some of them are honest hate letters from people Hollywood has hurt; most of them, and that includes this picture, are what is known in the trade as pay dirt.

Adapted from a bestselling novel by a supersalaried screenwriter named Irwin Shaw, Two Weeks tells the story of a cinemale (Kirk Douglas) who goes barreling down...

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