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

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

Format:  Paperback,

346 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Mar 2010

ISBN-13: 9780786720996

ISBN-10: 0786720999

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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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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Mar 2010
ISBN-13: 9780786720996
ISBN-10: 0786720999
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 346
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
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Chapter outline

Introductionp. xi
Delaware Daysp. 1
Window Dressing the Worldp. 14
A Glorious Garden of Wondersp. 21
ANew Genius Rises in the Theaterp. 32
A Small but Exquisite Talentp. 45
APiece of Good Luckp. 55
Honey in the Honeycombp. 63
5135 Kensington Avenuep. 72
A Joy Forever, a Sweet Endeavorp. 83
If I Had Youp. 91
Dada, Dali, and Technicolorp. 99
Undercurrentp. 108
Voodoop. 113
I Am Madame Bovaryp. 122
A Few Words About Weddingsp. 128
The Time in His Mindp. 135
Tribute to a Bad Manp. 152
New Sun in the Skyp. 159
Almost Like Being in Lovep. 168
Cobwebsp. 174
Stranger in Paradisep. 182
Maelstroms and Madmenp. 187
Sister Boyp. 194
There'll Be Some Changes Madep. 203
Unacceptable, Objectionable, and Uncleanp. 209
A Glittering Tiarap. 223
Some Came Runningp. 227
Minnelli's Texasp. 232
Better Than a Dreamp. 238
Apocalypsep. 243
Don't Blame Mep. 253
Happy Problemsp. 259
Identity Theftp. 264
The Shadow of Your Smilep. 271
At Best, Confusedp. 275
On a Clear Dayp. 282
A Matter of Timep. 291
Lonely Feetp. 299
Interviewsp. 307
Assistance and Correspondencep. 309
Notesp. 311
Sourcesp. 325
Acknowledgmentsp. 329
Indexp. 331

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Review by Library Journal (2010-02-15)

Scores of interviews and intensive research provide the basis for this biography in which journalist Griffin shows the impact of director Vincente Minnelli's personal life on his work. From Meet Me in St. Louis to On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, his accomplishments were fueled by innovative approaches to lighting, color, and directorial techniques. Griffin explores Minnelli's childhood in a family of traveling tent performers through his illustrious days in Hollywood and offers thoughtful commentary on how and why his films both closely reflect this history and hold a key to the man. The author does not shy away from Minnelli's conflicted sexuality, his four marriages (one to a troubled Judy Garland), the inequality in his relationships to his daughters, and his interactions with film stars.

Verdict: This well-written and tasteful work contributes yet another perspective toward illuminating the life of this enigmatic film director. It will be a valuable addition to the recent literature (e.g., Emanuel Levy's Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer and Joe McElhaney's Vincente Minnelli: The Art of Entertainment).-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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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