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Vincente Minnelli

Hollywood's Dark Dreamer

Emanuel Levy

St. Martin's Press

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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Vincente Minnelli
OneChildhoodVINCENTE MINNELLI'S SHOWBIZ CAREER must have been preordained. He was literally born in the trunk, as Judy Garland, his future wife-actress, would famously sing in her 1954 movie, A Star Is Born.Lester Anthony Minnelli entered the world on February 28, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois. He would change his name to Vincente, a Latinized version of his father's name, in the 1930s while working as an art director at Radio City Music Hall in New York.Minnelli's father, Vincent Charles, and his uncle Frank founded the Minnelli Brothers Tent Theater, a company that toured the
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"At a time when independent American films are more visible and important than ever before, this is an invaluable study. Emanuel Levy's writing is wise, passionate, and amazingly well-informed." --Roger Ebert on CINEMA OF OUTSIDERS
 
"Levy makes a good case for placing [Cukor] in the top echelon of studio directors . . . Levy has constructed a well-rounded biography that smoothly melds Cukor's long career with his discreet private life." --Library Journal on GEORGE CUKOR, MASTER OF ELEGANCE
 
"Vincente Minnelli is the greatest director of motion picture musicals the screen has ever known" --Alan Jay Lerner, librettist of My Fair Lady

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Emanuel Levy

  • 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, EmanuelLevy.com.  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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Vincente Minnelli

Hollywood's Dark Dreamer

Emanuel Levy

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