Vincente Minnelli
Film and theatre director
Vincente Minnelli
Vincente Minnelli was an American stage director and film director, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in St. Louis, The Band Wagon, and An American in Paris. In addition to having directed some of the most famous and well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made many comedies and melodramas. He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951; they were the parents of Liza Minnelli.
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Stagecrafters presents “Meet Me in St. Louis” - Examiner.com
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A series of short stories by Sally Benson that appeared in The New Yorker, which were later published in the novel 5135 Kensington, served as the inspiration for the Vincente Minnelli-directed 1944 movie. The Broadway version, featuring additional
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Top 10 Films - Sydney Morning Herald
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THE most lavishly ''artistic'' of Vincente Minnelli's musicals has songs by George Gershwin and tap-dancing by Gene Kelly, who plays a penniless GI turned painter. The script by Alan Jay Lerner weaves a web of connections between lonely people who
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'I believe in the power of the truth' - Ottawa Citizen
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Then came Hello, Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly, Vincente Minnelli's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and, in 1973, The Way We Were. The film was the One Day of its time: a simple love story with a wistful ending, in which Robert Redford's
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Remarkable lightness of a playful filmmaker - The Australian
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The young Ruiz was an avid reader and moviegoer, soaking up everything from pulp adventure, cowboys and superheroes (Flash Gordon) to US directors such as Vincente Minnelli and John Huston.He wrote prolifically as a young man, churning out dozens of
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Miss Show Business - Bay Area Reporter
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Curiously, her second husband, Vincente Minnelli, was gay/bisexual, as were two other husbands. (She found Minnelli in bed with a man.) Daughter Liza Minnelli would marry the gay Peter Allen, with Garland's blessing. Drug use and overwork resulted in
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'Meet Me in St. Louis' Bound for Blu-ray - High-Def Digest
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The beloved classic directed by Vincente Minnelli was nominated for four Oscars including Best Cinematography, Best Music - Original Song (The Trolley Song), Best Musical Score, and Best Screenplay. Specs have yet to be revealed, but the release will
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The 100 Essential Directors Part 6: Ernst Lubitsch to Vincente Minnelli - PopMatters
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By PopMatters Staff 19 August 2011 Today runs the gamut. Hollywood to indie art house, female perspective to male, screwball comedy to chamber drama. The odyssey from Ernst Lubitsch to Kenji Mizoguchi will provide illumination on how film's first
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Locarno Film Festival Draws to a Close - Hollywood Reporter
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A Piazza Grande screening of Vincente Minnelli's 'An American in Paris' was the highlight of the 64th annual film fest. LOCARNO, Switzerland – The 64th Locarno Film Festival began to draw to a close Friday, with a career honor presented to 1960s
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American Center, Cine Darbaar Celebrate Hollywood Musicals - Hollywood Reporter
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Opening with 1929's The Broadway Melody – the first sound feature to win an Academy Award – the festival will include screenings of other classics such as Singin' In The Rain, West Side Story and a Vincente Minnelli double bill including Gigi and An
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Wilmington on DVDs. The Rest: Mao's Last Dancer, Heartbeats, Sweeney Todd ... - Movie City News
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... customers with a straight razor and a murderous revolving chair, and has his lover-cohort-cook, Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) bake them into meat pies — it sometimes hits you like a combination of a Vincente Minnelli and a Mario Bava shocker
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On Big Screen and Small, a Star Is Reborn - Wall Street Journal
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"The Pirate" (1948) Under-appreciated in its day but since recognized as a classic, this zesty costume musical presents Garland, dancing leading-man Gene Kelly, songwriter Cole Porter and director Vincente Minnelli all at their creative peaks
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Cowboys and Kaelians - New Yorker (blog)
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... that were in first run in France, which is why their appreciation of films by such directors as Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller, Otto Preminger, and Vincente Minnelli was both exciting and visionary; they were revising not history but the present day
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Vincent's chronicles - Deccan Herald
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Directed by Vincente Minnelli (1903-86) and starring Kirk Douglas (as van Gogh) and Anthony Quinn (as artist Paul Gauguin), it became one of Hollywood's most impressive colour films of the 1950s. The world première of the film on September 17,
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Nymphs and glamour girls - Ha'aretz
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Ardent fans of musicals will identify these as the song that accompanied Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse's nighttime dance in Central Park in "The Band Wagon," Vincente Minnelli's 1953 film. The four women dance with delicate grace and use their limbs to
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Exclusive: Liza Minnelli looks forward to Las Vegas concerts in the fall - Las Vegas Sun
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Liza, the daughter of Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, was last in Italy in 2008. She told me: “I'd always wanted to play the Umbria Jazz Festival as a tribute to my father. This is something very special, and to hear Italians
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Shaken, not stirred at Locarno film festival - swissinfo.ch
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Nearly 180 feature movies and documentaries, including a retrospective of Vincente Minnelli, master of the Hollywood musical and melodrama, will be shown over ten days. Other major names on the popular Piazza Grande open-air screen include Finnish
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Elaine Stewart - Telegraph.co.uk
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When Elaine Stewart was cast in the fourth lead for Brigadoon in November 1953, it was reported that she was more enthusiastic about working with the director Vincente Minnelli than with Gene Kelly, with whom she had appeared, uncredited,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vincente Minnelli
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 82
    Minnelli died in his Beverly Hills home, on July 25, 1986, aged 83, of emphysema and pneumonia, which had caused him to be repeatedly hospitalized in his final year.
    More Details Hide Details He reportedly also suffered from Alzheimer's disease. He was survived by his two daughters, two grandchildren, and his fourth wife, Lee (1909–2009). He is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 56
    On February 8, 1960, Minnelli received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry at 6676 Hollywood Boulevard.
    More Details Hide Details Minnelli's marriages were as follows: For years, there was speculation in the entertainment community that Minnelli was gay or bisexual. A biography by Emanuel Levy, Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer, claims evidence that Minnelli did, in fact, live as an openly gay man in New York prior to his arrival in Hollywood, where the town that made him a film legend also pressured him back into the closet. According to Levy: "He was openly gay in New York – we were able to document names of companions and stories from Dorothy Parker. But when he came to Hollywood, I think he made the decision to repress that part of himself or to become bisexual." Lester Gaba, a retail display designer who knew Minnelli in New York, was reported to have frequently claimed having an affair with Minnelli, although the same person who related Gaba's claim also admitted that Gaba "was known to embroider quite a bit."
  • FORTIES
  • 1945
    Age 41
    They began a courtship that eventually led to their marriage in June 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Their one child together, Liza Minnelli, grew up to become an Academy Award-winning singer and actress. The Minnelli family is thus unique in that father, mother and child all won Oscars. Though widely known for directing musicals, including An American in Paris (1951), Brigadoon (1954), Kismet (1955), and Gigi (1958), he also directed comedies and melodramas, including Madame Bovary (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Designing Woman (1957) and The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). His last film was A Matter of Time (1976). During the course of his career he directed seven different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Spencer Tracy, Gloria Grahame, Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley MacLaine and Martha Hyer. Grahame and Quinn won Oscars for their performances in one of Minnelli's movies. He received an Oscar nomination as Best Director for An American in Paris (1951) and later won the Best Director Oscar for Gigi (1958). According to Peter Bart in his book The Gross, Minnelli is among the most successful film directors of all time and unquestionably the most successful director in the 1940s and 50s, his films having 11 first-place finishes on Variety's opening release box office rankings.
    He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951; they were the parents of Liza Minnelli.
    More Details Hide Details Born and baptized as Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago, he was the youngest of four known sons, only two of whom survived to adulthood, born to Marie Émilie Odile Lebeau (stage name: Mina Gennell) and Vincent Charles Minnelli. His father was musical conductor of Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. His Chicago-born mother was of French Canadian descent with a strong probability of Native American (Anishinaabe) lineage included via her Mackinac Island, Michigan born mother. The family toured small towns primarily in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois before settling permanently in Delaware, Ohio. Paternal grandfather Vincenzo Minnelli and great-uncle Domenico Minnelli, both Sicilian revolutionaries were forced to leave Sicily after the collapse of the provisional Sicilian government that arose from the 1848 revolution against Ferdinand II and Bourbon rule. Domenico Minnelli had been Vice-Chancellor of the Gran Corte Civile in Palermo at the time he helped organize the January 12, 1848 uprising there. After the Bourbon return to power Vincenzo reportedly hid in the catacombs of Palermo for 18 months before being successfully smuggled onto a New York-bound fruit steamer. While traveling as a piano demonstrator for Knabe Pianos, Vincenzo met his future wife Nina Picket during a stop in Delaware, Ohio. Although there's no confirmation of Vincenzo working at Ohio Wesleyan University, he was indeed a music teacher and composer. Both the U.S. Library of Congress and the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL have Vincenzo (aka Vincent) Minnelli compositions in their collections.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1940
    Age 36
    Minnelli's reputation grew and he was offered a job at MGM in 1940 by producer Arthur Freed.
    More Details Hide Details With his background in theatre, Minnelli was known as an auteur who always brought his stage experience to his films. The first film that he directed, Cabin in the Sky (1943), was visibly influenced by the theater. Shortly after that, he directed I Dood It with Red Skelton and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), during which he fell in love with the film's star, Judy Garland. They had first met on the set of Strike Up the Band (1940), a Busby Berkeley film for which Minnelli was asked to design a musical sequence performed by Garland and Mickey Rooney.
  • 1936
    Age 32
    Minnelli later worked on The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, Hooray for What!
    More Details Hide Details Very Warm for May, and The Show is On.
  • 1935
    Age 31
    After leaving Radio City Music Hall the first play Minnelli directed was a musical revue for the Shuberts titled At Home Abroad which opened in October 1935 and starred Beatrice Lillie, Ethel Waters, and Eleanor Powell.
    More Details Hide Details The revue was well received and enjoyed a two-year run.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1932
    Age 28
    He was eventually employed at Radio City Music Hall shortly after its 1932 opening as a set designer and worked his way up to stage director – he was also tasked to serve as a color consultant for the original interior design of the Rainbow Room.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Born
    Born on February 28, 1903.
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