The Movie Musicals of Vincente Minnelli
COURSE DESCRIPTION: During the 1940s and ’50s, considered the heyday of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, few directors were as versatile and successful as Vincente Minnelli, who directed comedies, dramas, and musicals with great style and sophistication. Before he came to Hollywood, he worked as a costume and set designer in New York, and he brought an artist’s eye to all his films. He was often inspired by painters, and his movies are frequently saturated in vibrant colors. He was also fascinated by fantasy; many of his movies feature dream sequences or flights of fancy. This series will examine and feature clips from two classic Minnelli musicals, Meet Me in St. Louis and The Band Wagon, and two wonderful, underrated efforts, Cabin in the Sky and The Pirate. We will look at his process and approach to each movie, his sources of inspiration, and his collaborators. We’ll also offer an overview of his life and career.
1. Cabin in the Sky – Minnelli’s first directorial effort, notable for featuring an all-black cast.
2. Meet Me in St. Louis – A perfect slice of Americana, starring Judy Garland.
3. The Pirate – Gene Kelly poses as a pirate to win the love of Judy Garland
4. The Band Wagon – Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse star in one of the all-time great musicals.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sheryl Flatow has written about theatre and dance for more than 30 years. She curated major exhibitions in San Francisco on Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, George Balanchine, and several others. She has led pre-performance talks; moderated panel discussions on theatre and dance; and conducted public interviews with leading figures in the arts, including Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Natalia Makarova and Judith Jamison. She also wrote the CD liner notes for Into the Woods and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. She has lectured at LLS/FAU for several semesters.
||4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
||Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$34 member / $54 non-member