A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli

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Da Capo Press, Mar 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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He was the acclaimed director of such cinematic classics as Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, and Gigi, and equally well known for his tumultuous marriage to the legendary Judy Garland. But to say that Vincente Minnelli's conflicted personal life informed his films would be an understatement. As Mark Griffin persuasively demonstrates in this definitive biography of the Academy Award–winning director, Minnelli was not only building a remarkable Hollywood legacy, but also creating an intriguing autobiography in code.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with such icons as Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, and George Hamilton, Griffin turns the spotlight on the enigmatic “elegant director,” revealing long-kept secrets at the heart of Minnelli’s genius.
 

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What a wonderful read. Love this book! One of the best biographies I've read in a long time.

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This is a horrendous book! Minnelli was a genius. I wonder why nobodies want to get attention through famous and talented people. Who cares about his sexual preferences? He had 4 wives and two daughters (both talented in different ways) was the most loving father and polite human being. I wonder if this guy knew him. Some people really stink. You may not like Minnelli as a director, but that's just an opinion. Griffin does not seem to be a qualified connoisseur to say Minnelli was a stylist and not a director. Why is he then so famous and praised, and studied in film careers? Did Griffin live with Minnelli to know the such "hidden" things? Or is he just a professional gay gossiper? He really made me angry.  

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About the author (2010)

Mark Griffin’s essays, film reviews, and reporting have appeared in the Boston Globe, MovieMaker, Genre, and in several anthologies. He lives in Maine.

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