Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 14, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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Vincente Minnelli, Hollywood's Dark Dreamer is the first full-length biography of Vincente Minnelli, one of the most legendary and influential directors in the twentieth century, encompassing his life, his art, and his artistry. Minnelli started out as a set and costume designer in New York, where he first notably applied his aesthetic principles to the Broadway stage design of Scheherazade. He became the first director of New York's Radio City Music Hall, as well as some of the most lavish Broadway musicals, including Ziegfeld Follies, and brought Josephine Baker back from Paris to star in his shows. As a film director, he discovered Lena Horne in a Harlem nightclub and cast her in his first movie, the legendary musical Cabin in the Sky. The winner of the Director Oscar for Gigi, the first film to win in all nine of its Oscar nominations, Minnelli directed such classics as the Oscar-winning An American in Paris, Meet Me in St. Louis, Father of the Bride, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Some Came Running. He was married to Judy Garland, who he met on the set of Meet Me in St. Louis and directed in such landmark films as The Clock; their daughter is actress-singer Liza Minnelli.


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Two Chicago
Three Radio City Music Hall
Four New York New York
Five Broadway
Early Years
Meet Me in St Louis
Ziegfeld Follies
Madame Bovary
Thirteen Problems with Judy
Fourteen An American in Paris
The Bad and
Sixteen Minnelli Loves Lucy
Contract Director
Lust for Life and Tea

Nine Falling in Love
Ten Husband and Father
The Pirate
Some Came Running
Twentyone The Party Is Over

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EMANUEL LEVY is a critic, author of nine film books, and film professor at University of California Los Angeles. A two-time president of the LA Film Critics Association, Levy, a former critic of Variety and chief critic of Screen International, and is now editor of the acclaimed website, A frequent juror at major international film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, and Sundance, he has written for a wide variety of publications from the Los Angeles Times to the Financial Times. He lives in Los Angeles, California

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