Vincente Minnelli


Vincente Minnelli (born Leo Anthony Minnelli; February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986) was an American stage and film director. He directed the classic movie musicals Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), with Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Leon Ames, Marjorie Main, June Lockhart, and Joan Carroll; An American in Paris (1951), with Gene Kelly and Leslis Caron; The Band Wagon (1953), with Fred Astaire; and Gigi (1958), with Caron. An American in Paris and Gigi both won the Academy Award for Best Picture, with Minnelli winning Best Director for Gigi. In addition to having directed some of the best known musicals of his day, he also made many comedies and melodramas such as Undercurrent (1946), with Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, and Robert Mitchum. He was married to Garland from 1945 until 1951. The couple were the parents of Liza Minnelli, who starred in his final film A Matter of Time (1976), with Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Isabella Rossellini.

Notable of the 1950s include Father of the Bride (1950), and the Sequel (1951), both with Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, and Leo G. Carroll; The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), with Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame and Gilbert Roland; The Long, Long Trailer (1954), with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, and Keenan Wynn; Brigadoon (1964), with Kelly, Van Johnson, and Cyd Charisse; The Cobweb (1955), with Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, and Gloria Grahame; Lust for Life (1956), with Douglas, James Donald, Pamela Brown, Everett Sloane, and Anthony Quinn; Designing Women (1957), with Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall and Dolores Gray; The Reluctant Debutante (1958), with Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, John Saxon, Sandra Dee, and Angela Lansbury; and Some Came Running (1958), with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine.

Later films include Home from the Hill (1960), with Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Everett Sloane, and Luana Patten; The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962), with Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, Paul Lukas, Yvette Mimieux, Karl Boehm, and Paul Henreid; Two Weeks in Another Town (1962), with Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, Claire Trevor, Daliah Lavi, George Hamilton, and Rosanna Schiaffino; The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963), with Ford, Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, and Stella Stevens; Goodyear Charlie (1964), with Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis; The Sandpiper (1965), with Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, and Charles Bronson; and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970), with Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Jack Nicholson, and John Richardson.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Cabin in the Sky (1943)
  • I Dood It (1943)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  • The Clock (1945)
  • Zigfeld Follies (1945)
  • Yolanda and the Thief (1945)
  • Undercurrent (1946)
  • Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
  • The Pirate (1948)
  • Madame Bovary (1949)
  • Father of the Bride (1950)
  • Father’s Little Dividend (1951)
  • An American in Paris (1951)**
  • Lovely to Look At (1952)
  • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
  • The Story of Three Loves (1953)
  • The Band Wagon (1953)
  • The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
  • Brigadoon (1954)
  • The Cobweb (1955)
  • Kismet (1955)
  • Lust for Life (1956)
  • Tea and Sympathy (1956)
  • Designing Women (1957)
  • The Seventh Sin (1957)
  • Gigi (1958)
  • The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
  • Some Came Running (1958)
  • Home from the Hill (1960)
  • Bells Are Ringing (1960)
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
  • Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
  • The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)
  • Goodbye Charlie (1964)
  • The Sandpiper (1965)
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
  • A Matter of Time (1976)

Other notable collaborations:

  • Desi Arnaz
  • Bubsy Berkeley
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Lucille Ball
  • Joan Bennett
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Charles Bronson
  • Richard Burton
  • Tony Curtis
  • Sandra Dee
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Glenn Ford
  • Rex Harrison
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Ron Howard
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Deborah Kerr
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Oscar Levant
  • Dean Martin
  • James Mason
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Walter Matthau
  • Robert Mitchum
  • Gregory Peck
  • Anthony Quinn
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • John Saxon
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Red Skelton
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Spencer Tracy
  • Robert Walker
  • Keenan Wynn
  • George Zucco