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

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

by Mark Griffin

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306818936
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,060,300
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mark Griffin’s essays, film reviews, and reporting have appeared in the Boston Globe, MovieMaker, Genre, and in several anthologies. He lives in Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Delaware Days 1

2 Window Dressing the World 14

3 A Glorious Garden of Wonders 21

4 "A New Genius Rises in the Theater" 32

5 A Small but Exquisite Talent 45

6 "A Piece of Good Luck" 55

7 "Honey in the Honeycomb" 63

8 5135 Kensington Avenue 72

9 "A Joy Forever, a Sweet Endeavor?" 83

10 "If I Had You" 91

11 Dada, Dali, and Technicolor 99

12 Undercurrent 108

13 Voodoo 113

14 "I Am Madame Bovary" 122

15 "A Few Words About Weddings?" 128

16 The Time in His Mind 135

17 Tribute to a Bad Man 152

18 New Sun in the Sky 159

19 Almost Like Being in Love 168

20 Cobwebs 174

21 Stranger in Paradise 182

22 Maelstroms and Madmen 187

23 Sister Boy 194

24 "There'll Be Some Changes Made" 203

25 Unacceptable, Objectionable, and Unclean 209

26 A Glittering Tiara 223

27 Some Came Running 227

28 "Minnelli's Texas" 232

29 Better Than a Dream 238

30 Apocalypse 243

31 Don't Blame Me 253

32 Happy Problems 259

33 Identity Theft 264

34 The Shadow of Your Smile 271

35 "At Best, Confused" 275

36 On a Clear Day 282

37 A Matter of Time 291

38 Lonely Feet 299

Interviews 307

Assistance and Correspondence 309

Notes 311

Sources 325

Acknowledgments 329

Index 331

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vincente Minnelli was one of our greatest film artists and this book is a wonderful tribute to his talents.