New PDF release: A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of

By Mark Griffin

ISBN-10: 0306818930

ISBN-13: 9780306818936

He was once the acclaimed director of such cinematic classics as Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, and Gigi, and both popular for his tumultuous marriage to the mythical Judy Garland. yet to claim that Vincente Minnelli's conflicted own lifestyles educated his movies will be a sarcasm. As Mark Griffin persuasively demonstrates during this definitive biography of the Academy Award–winning director, Minnelli used to be not just development a amazing Hollywood legacy, but in addition growing an interesting autobiography in code.

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

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Besides, the Minnellis weren’t out of the business altogether. They would eventually open their own studio in Delaware and teach young ladies, such as Dorothy Florance, how to dance: “Mrs. Minnelli had a cane that she walked with and boy, she’d crack your legs with that cane if your pointe work wasn’t proper,” Florance recalled. ”18 AS LESTER GREW UP, there was agreement from all corners that he was anything but your typical son of Delaware. From an early age, the budding artist found it necessary to piece together an impenetrable private universe from whatever bits of the fantastic he managed to find in the everyday.

Through it all, Minnelli remained devoted to his one true love—his career. 7 Encouraged by the positive response he had received for his acting forays back in Delaware, Lester gave performing another try, appearing in an amateur production of Eugene O’Neill’s Where the Cross is Made at the Radical Playhouse. He also regularly attended the theater, but never as just another passive spectator. Throughout a performance, Lester was continuously busy, creating what he would later refer to as “memory sketches” of the incandescent stars on stage, including showstoppers such as Ina Claire and Mary Nash.

Dominic Regional High School’s resident misfit. I watched On a Clear Day over and over in the summer of 1984. I found it healing and empowering. My friends thought I had lost it. They began to look at me funny. In an era dominated by Return of the Jedi and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was I actually claiming to have achieved some sort of cosmic consciousness through repeated viewings of … a Barbra Streisand movie? It was suggested that I should try getting out more often or maybe join a rugby team … before it was too late.

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