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Oeuvre is an in-depth examination of the entire body of work of an important director.



Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Reluctant Debutante

Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Reluctant Debutante

Alex Peterson January 16, 2014 0

The same director’s grace that allowed Spencer Tracy shine in 1950’s Father of the Bride was conjured again by Vincente Minnelli eight years later for The Reluctant Debutante, this time in the service of

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: Gigi

Oeuvre: Minnelli: Gigi

Dan Seeger December 12, 2013 0

It’s been said many times that everyone who wins an Academy Award knows exactly how they’ll be described in the first line of their obituary. Gigi was the film that locked in the descriptor

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: Designing Woman

Oeuvre: Minnelli: Designing Woman

Jesse Cataldo December 5, 2013 0

It’s safe to say that modern audiences – and a lot of modern directors – take the widescreen format for granted. But it was once the realm of spectacles and extravaganzas, big movies that

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: Tea & Sympathy

Oeuvre: Minnelli: Tea & Sympathy

Katherine Springer November 21, 2013 0

It is indicative of its time that a groundbreaking film about sexuality and gender stereotyping was forced to tip-toe so carefully around its subject matter. Adapted for the screen by the original playwright, Robert

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Oeuvre: Lust for Life

Oeuvre: Lust for Life

Drew Hunt November 14, 2013 0

The life of Vincent Van Gogh has been depicted by many filmmakers—Alain Resnais, Akira Kurosawa and Robert Altman among them—and though few (if any) have gotten the biographical details right, Vincente Minnelli’s grand Lust

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Oeuvre: Minelli: Kismet

Oeuvre: Minelli: Kismet

Alex Peterson November 7, 2013 0

Kismet is minor Minnelli. For a man known (and labeled and lauded, ad nauseum) as the guy who could spin dazzling production numbers in his musicals and find the hidden rhythms of life in

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Cobweb

Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Cobweb

Jake Cole October 31, 2013 0

It is altogether fitting that the maelstrom of melodrama, suspense and outright farce that sets upon Vincente Minnelli’s The Cobweb should superficially boil down to a dispute over drapes. Adapted from a William Gibson

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: Brigadoon

Oeuvre: Minnelli: Brigadoon

Jesse Cataldo October 24, 2013 0

Films about magic automatically require some additional suspension of disbelief; to fully experience escape, logic usually needs to be pushed further aside than usual. Even so, it’s fair to expect at least some internally

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Long, Long Trailer

Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Long, Long Trailer

Jesse Cataldo October 17, 2013 0

Vincente Minnelli is known best for size. Big emotions, loud sets, bold colors, bursting explosions of forceful performance immersed in vivid artificiality. His most famous films project a proud sense of grandiosity and a

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Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Band Wagon

Oeuvre: Minnelli: The Band Wagon

Jesse Cataldo October 10, 2013 0

Vincente Minnelli made films that functioned like expensive timepieces, full of precisely calibrated movement, designed for maximum visual impact. Aside from this ingrained precision, with its consistent focus on moving parts arrayed against eye-catching

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