69 Great Directors: Vincente Minnelli

“American films are terribly popular all over the world and American movie stars are terribly important. I don’t know why.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Meet Me In St. Louis.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Meet Me in St. Louis.

What Did I Watch: Cabin in the Sky.

Where Does He Fit: On the one hand, Cabin in the Sky has the same sort of subtle, insidious conservatism we associate with Minnelli in the form of making the Devil’s main woman on Earth…a woman, played by Lena Horne, who is pretty and sexual, as opposed to Ethel Waters’ full bodied saint who does nothing but pray for the soul of her worthless man. On the other hand, Horne and Waters are superstars and this gives them the chance to shine. Happiness is a Thing Called Joe is bullshit, but Waters’ selling of it is miraculous. But Honey in the Honeycomb is the real goldmine here, because the Devil has the best music. Proof that you can take super thin scenarios and stretch them out with great music. (Also, the stuff with the mobsters has to have influenced Killer of Sheep, right?)

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Most Valuable Asset: Style and song.
Most Excited For: Bad and the Beautiful.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Marcel Carne, poetic realist.

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