The Films of Vincente Minnelli

The Films of Vincente Minnelli

by James Naremore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521387701

ISBN-13: 9780521387705

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Films of Vincente Minnelli examines the career of MGM's leading director of musicals, melodramas, and comedies in the 1940s and 1950s. Widely admired for his flamboyant sense of color and camera movement, Minnelli played a crucial role in maintaining the studio's reputation as the "home of the stars." Describing the director's contributions to some of the most

Overview

The Films of Vincente Minnelli examines the career of MGM's leading director of musicals, melodramas, and comedies in the 1940s and 1950s. Widely admired for his flamboyant sense of color and camera movement, Minnelli played a crucial role in maintaining the studio's reputation as the "home of the stars." Describing the director's contributions to some of the most celebrated works of Hollywood's golden era, this volume also includes a close analysis of five important films that represent the full range of Minnelli's career: Cabin in the Sky, Meet Me in St. Louis, Father of the Bride, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life. These lively readings provide commentary on problems of genre, directorial style, cultural politics, and the connection between aestheticism and mass culture during the first half of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521387705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Film Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The aesthete in the factory; 2. Uptown folk: Cabin in the Sky (1943); 3. Third nature: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); 4. Comedy, patriachy, consumerism: Father of the Bride (1950); 5. Citizen shields: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952); 6. Vincente meets Vincent: Lust for Life (1956); Notes; Chronology; Filmography.

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