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This book s flaws have pretty much been covered by other reviewers it s not well written, it does not appear to have been edited for style or structure, and its exploration of Minnelli, both as artist and human being, is superficial Levy s analyses of individual films are often sketchy, and he does not always convincingly justify his preference for certain films over others Strangely, despite his evident admiration for his subject, he also does not furnish a great deal of evidence that Minnel This book s flaws have pretty much been covered by other reviewers it s not well written, it does not appear to have been edited for style or structure, and its exploration of Minnelli, both as artist and human being, is superficial Levy s analyses of individual films are often sketchy, and he does not always convincingly justify his preference for certain films over others Strangely, despite his evident admiration for his subject, he also does not furnish a great deal of evidence that Minnelli had anything much to say, although the director s love of visual flamboyance and sumptuous production design are well described.On the other hand, Levy does supply us with basic biographical facts albeit with strange lacunae and has carried out some useful interviews and archival research, so the book will serve for the time being.Comment Comment I couldn t finish this book I tried very hard to read it and it just could not keep my attention I have never not finished reading a book before, but this was just bad The subject was great, but this could have been half as long and the author could have done a much better job of giving the reader a timeline to follow Just didn t work for me At last, a thorough biography on the man who was the greatest director of MGM musicals in its Golden Age Fascinating description of his early youth and the influences which made him the artist of film A sensitive, creative genius who gave us Meet Me In St Louis, An American in Paris, Gigi and many others Explores the troubled relationship with Judy Garland, his first wife, and his second life as an active homosexual in the Hollywood community Insite into the the studio system of MGM and the At last, a thorough biography on the man who was the greatest director of MGM musicals in its Golden Age Fascinating description of his early youth and the influences which made him the artist of film A sensitive, creative genius who gave us Meet Me In St Louis, An American in Paris, Gigi and many others Explores the troubled relationship with Judy Garland, his first wife, and his second life as an active homosexual in the Hollywood community Insite into the the studio system of MGM and the maipulation of the contract stars A great read if Hollywood is you thing Interesting biography After reading the book, I have mixed emotions about Minnelli s work I acknowledge Meet Me in St Louis , An American in Paris , The Band Wagon , and Gigi as classics however I don t think the rest of his work measures up to these films and to my mind doesn t come close to the pantheon of great film directors of his era Hitchcock, Wilder, Wyler, Stevens, etc. [ Free E-pub ] ⚕ Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer ☭ 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 I love his work, and this bio reveals his early career in the theatre and his artistic influences. Another book that somewhat disappointed I hadn t really read any biographies of Minnelli and certainly the content and the man were interesting to read about, but the writing was poor.