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Vincente Minnelli is a Director, Story and Choreographer American born on 28 february 1903 at Chicago (USA)

Vincente Minnelli

Vincente Minnelli
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Birth name Lester Anthony Minnelli
Nationality USA
Birth 28 february 1903 at Chicago (USA)
Death 25 july 1986 (at 83 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Director

Vincente Minnelli (February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986) was an American stage director and film director, famous for directing such classic movie musicals as Meet Me in St. Louis, The Band Wagon, and An American in Paris. In addition to having directed some of the most famous and well-remembered musicals of his time, Minnelli made many comedies and melodramas. He was married to Judy Garland from 1945 until 1951; they were the parents of Liza Minnelli.


Vincente Minnelli naît dans une famille de gens du spectacle. Son père, Vincent Charles Minnelli, fils d'un patriote sicilien pourchassé pour ses activités lors Révolution de 1848, dirigeait le Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theatre, tandis que sa mère, Marie Émilie Odile Lebeau, parisienne, avait des ancêtres canadiens français avec probablement des racines indiennes (Anishinaabe).

C'est grâce à cet environnement que le jeune Vincente entre dans le monde du spectacle dès l'âge de trois ans.

Montrant un certain talent pour le dessin, il commence sa carrière comme dessinateur de costumes et décorateur, et, aborde la mise en scène en tant qu'assistant. Nommé directeur artistique du Radio City Music Hall à New York en 1933, il fit ses débuts à Broadway, montant entre autres le spectacle Ziegfeld Follies.

Au début des années 1940, Arthur Freed lui propose de le rejoindre à la MGM. Minnelli trouve alors ternes et statiques les mises en scène hollywoodiennes et entreprend de rendre dans ses films l'atmosphère des artistes qui l'avaient touché, les fauves, les impressionnistes et les surréalistes. Les films de Minnelli sont hauts en couleurs et son habileté à mêler plusieurs styles le rend célèbre.

Il met en scène de nombreuses comédies musicales, réputées pour leurs scènes oniriques et l'intégration de scènes de ballet ou de chansons en osmose avec le déroulement de l'histoire.

Vincente Minnelli se marie quatre fois, notamment avec Judy Garland (de 1945 à 1951) avec laquelle il a une fille, Liza Minnelli.

Il écrit ses mémoires, Tous en scène (I Remember it Well) dont le titre anglais est une référence à une chanson de Gigi, et le titre français celui de l'un de ses grands succès, Tous en scène (The Band Wagon), comédie musicale sur le thème de l'entertainement (distraction, spectacle) hollywoodien et la vie de scène.

Best films

The Sandpiper (1965)
Gigi (1958)
Some Came Running (1958)
An American in Paris (1951)
Designing Woman (1957)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(18 films)
Arthur Freed
Arthur Freed
(15 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Vincente Minnelli (40 films)

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A Matter of Time, 1h37
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Actors Ingrid Bergman, Liza Minnelli, Charles Boyer, Isabella Rossellini, Tina Aumont, Fernando Rey
Rating51% 2.564182.564182.564182.564182.56418
The film opens at a mid-1950s press conference, where scenes are shown for an upcoming film starring Nina (Liza Minnelli), a popular screen celebrity. While on her way to the conference, Nina looks at herself in an ornate mirror, which triggers a flashback to her arrival in Rome, when she was 19 years old. Her cousin, Valentina (Tina Aumont), has arranged for her to work as a chambermaid in a dilapidated hotel.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 2h9
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Action, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Bob Newhart, Jack Nicholson
Rating63% 3.1995853.1995853.1995853.1995853.199585
At the behest of her ultra-conservative fiancé Warren, scatterbrained five-pack-a-day chain smoker and clairvoyant Daisy Gamble attends a class taught by psychiatrist Marc Chabot for help in kicking her habit. While undergoing hypnosis, it is discovered she is the reincarnation of Lady Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees, a seductive 18th century coquette who was born the illegitimate daughter of a kitchen maid. She acquired the paternity records of the children housed in the orphanage where her mother worked and used the information to blackmail their wealthy fathers. She eventually married nobleman Robert Tentrees during the period of the English Regency, then was tried for espionage and treason after he abandoned her.
The Sandpiper, 1h58
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Peinture
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, Charles Bronson, Robert Webber, Tom Drake
Rating63% 3.1504153.1504153.1504153.1504153.150415
Laura Reynolds (Taylor) is a free-spirited, unwed single mother living with her young son Danny (Morgan Mason) in an isolated California beach house. She makes a modest living as an artist and home-schools her son out of concern that he will be compelled to follow stifling conventional social norms in a regular school. Danny has gotten into some trouble with the law through two minor incidents, which are in his mother's eyes innocent expressions of his natural curiosity and conscience rather than delinquency. Now with a third incident a judge (Torin Thatcher) orders her to send the boy to an Episcopal boarding school where Dr. Edward Hewitt (Burton) is headmaster, and his wife Claire (Eva Marie Saint) teaches. Edward and Claire are happily married with two young sons, but their life has become routine and their youthful idealism has been tamed by the need to raise funds for the school and please wealthy benefactors.
Goodbye Charlie, 1h57
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, David S. Hall
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Pat Boone, Joanna Barnes, Ellen Burstyn, Martin Gabel
Rating62% 3.1483653.1483653.1483653.1483653.148365
Hollywood writer Charlie Sorrel (Harry Madden) is shot and killed by Hungarian film producer Sir Leopold Sartori (Walter Matthau) when he is caught fooling around with Sartori's wife. Later, passerby Bruce Minton III (Pat Boone) comes to the aid of a dazed woman (Debbie Reynolds) wandering on a beach. She doesn't remember much other than directions to Charlie's residence.
The Courtship of Eddie's Father, 1h57
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Glenn Ford, Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Dina Merrill, Vito Scotti
Rating67% 3.3981753.3981753.3981753.3981753.398175
Young Eddie Corbett (Ron Howard) tries his best to be a matchmaker for his widowed father, Tom (Glenn Ford). At first, sexy Dollye Daly (Stella Stevens) seems promising, but she ends up falling in love with and marrying Tom's friend and radio colleague, Norman Jones (Jerry Van Dyke).
Two Weeks in Another Town, 1h47
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about films
Actors Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton, Tony Randall, Claire Trevor
Rating64% 3.246563.246563.246563.246563.24656
Once an established movie star, Jack Andrus has hit rock bottom. An alcoholic, he has been divorced by wife Carlotta, has barely survived a car crash and has spent three years in a sanitarium recovering from a nervous breakdown.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 2h33
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, L'Occupation allemande en France
Actors Glenn Ford, Paul Henreid, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, Paul Lukas
Rating66% 3.3450453.3450453.3450453.3450453.345045
Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le conflit entre les deux branches, l'une française et l'autre allemande, dont est issue une famille argentine, sur fond de nazisme et d'occupation de Paris.
Bells Are Ringing, 2h7
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, George Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Jean Stapleton, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy, Jr., Frank Gorshin
Rating70% 3.546543.546543.546543.546543.54654
Based on the successful 1956 Broadway production of the same name by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne, the film focuses on Ella Peterson, who works in the basement office of Susanswerphone, a telephone answering service.
Home from the Hill, 2h30
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about families
Actors Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Everett Sloane, Luana Patten
Rating73% 3.693613.693613.693613.693613.69361
In the beginning, Captain Wade Hunnicutt (Robert Mitchum), the wealthiest and most powerful person in his East Texas town, is wounded by a jealous husband. Wade is a notorious womanizer, who lives with his beautiful wife Hannah (Eleanor Parker) who scorns him. She has raised their son Theron (George Hamilton) to be dependent upon her, but as he reaches adulthood Theron seeks his father’s help in becoming a man.
Some Came Running, 2h17
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about writers
Actors Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy, Nancy Gates
Rating73% 3.6969053.6969053.6969053.6969053.696905
Dave Hirsh is a cynical Army veteran who winds up in his hometown of Parkman after being put on a bus in Chicago while intoxicated. Ginny Moorehead, a woman of seemingly loose morals and poor education, has taken the same bus.
The Reluctant Debutante, 1h35
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, John Saxon, Sandra Dee, Diane Clare, Angela Lansbury
Rating68% 3.445813.445813.445813.445813.44581
When 17-year-old Jane Broadbent (Sandra Dee) comes to London to live with her wealthy father Jimmy Broadbent (Rex Harrison), her stepmother Sheila (Kay Kendall) feels compelled by her social aspirations to introduce her to society. Jane is bored by the debutante balls she attends and the young men she is introduced to, but becomes interested in a drummer named David Parkson (John Saxon), who has a reputation for leading young women astray. To complicate matters, David Fenner (Peter Myers) relentlessly pursues Jane, even though she openly detests him.
Gigi (1958)
, 1h59
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, Noël Howard
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold, Isabel Jeans, Jacques Bergerac
Rating66% 3.348773.348773.348773.348773.34877
Set in turn-of-the-20th century Paris, the film opens with Honoré Lachaille (Maurice Chevalier) among high society in the Bois de Boulogne. A charming old roué, he cynically remarks that "Like everywhere else, most people in Paris get married, but not all. There are some who will not marry, and some who do not marry. But in Paris, those who will not marry are usually men, and those who do not marry are usually women." So marriage is not the only option for wealthy young bon vivants like his nephew Gaston (Louis Jourdan), who is bored with life. The one thing Gaston truly enjoys is spending time with Madame Alvarez (Hermione Gingold), whom he calls Mamita, and especially her granddaughter, the precocious, carefree Gilberte, aka Gigi who is 15 (Leslie Caron). Following the family tradition, Madame Alvarez sends Gigi to her sister, Great Aunt Alicia (Isabel Jeans), to be groomed as a courtesan and learn etiquette and charm. To Alicia, love is an art, and a necessary accomplishment for Gigi's social and economic future. But Gigi, shows disdain for such trivial love that a man and his mistress usually has. Remaining true to her girlish, yet charming personality, she finds herself having the most fun when with Gaston (35) whom she regards as an older brother.
Designing Woman, 1h58
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Dolores Gray, Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck, Sam Levene, Tom Helmore, Mickey Shaughnessy
Rating67% 3.3972053.3972053.3972053.3972053.397205
While on vacation, sports reporter Mike Hagen (Gregory Peck) meets fashion designer Marilla Brown (Lauren Bacall). The two instantly bond and quickly get married, only to realize they have little in common.
The Seventh Sin, 1h34
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, Ronald Neame
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks
Actors Eleanor Parker, Bill Travers, George Sanders, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Ellen Corby, Françoise Rosay
Rating63% 3.196563.196563.196563.196563.19656
In post-WWII Hong Kong, unhappily married Carol (Eleanor Parker) has an affair with a married man, Paul (Jean Pierre Aumont). Her physician husband Walter (Bill Travers) discovers it and presents her with a choice: travel with him to a remote mainland village (where he will fight a cholera epidemic) or face the scandal of a very public divorce. She persuades him to reconsider and he proposes an alternative. If Paul's wife will agree to a divorce and he marries Carol within one week Walter will obtain a quiet divorce. Carol presents Walter's 'deal' to Paul, who regretfully declines, citing respect for his wife.
Tea and Sympathy, 2h2
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Deborah Kerr, Leif Erickson, John Kerr, Darryl Hickman, Edward Andrews, Norma Crane
Rating72% 3.6447053.6447053.6447053.6447053.644705
Seventeen-year-old Tom Robinson Lee (John Kerr), a new senior at a boy's prep school, finds himself at odds with the machismo culture of his class in which the other boys love sports, roughhouse, fantasize about girls, and worship their coach, Bill Reynolds (Leif Erickson). Tom prefers classical music, reads Candide, goes to the theater, and generally seems to be more at ease in the company of women.