Includes: "Mrs. Miniver": In the title role of this memorable spirit-lifter, Greer Garson gives a formidable performance, comforting children in a bomb shelter, capturing an enemy parachutist and delivering stuff-upper-lip British resolve. "An American In Paris": Gene Kelly, producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli and screenwriter Alan Jay Lerner create entertainment for the ages.
A Hollywood love story, a Hollywood memoir, a (dual) Hollywood biography-the woman who stole the heart of King Kong and the man, Robert Riskin, one of the greatest screenwriters of all time, an Academy Award winner, producer, and longtime collaborator with Frank Capra on eight pictures. By their daughter, an acclaimed writer and producer. King Kong elevated Fay Wray to the tip of the Empire State Building and the heights of cinematic immortality; she starred in more than one hundred and twenty pictures, and was directed by such masters as William Wellman, Erich von Stroheim, and Vincente Minnelli.
Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dazzle in director Vincente Minnelli's classic, featuring numbers set in a train station ("By Myself"), a penny arcade ("A Shine on Your Shoes"), a backlot Central Park ("Dancing in the Dark") and a smoky cafï ï¾© ("The Girl Hunt"). As the hallmark song which originated here goes, "That's Entertainment". Commentary by Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein; Theatrical Trailer; Making-of Documentary: "Get Aboard! 'The Band Wagon'"; Vintage Documentary: "The Men Who Made The Movies: Vincente Minnelli"; Musical Short "Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet"; Cartoon: "The Three Little Pups".
One of our most thoughtful film critics here takes on eight of Hollywood s finest directors in conversation, reminiscing about their working lives which spanned the most intriguing decades of American filmmaking. The directors are Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor, Howard Hawks, William A. Wellman, King Vidor, and Raoul Walsh.
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Starring Isabel Jeans, Eva Gabor, Maurice Chevalier.
"Mrs. Miniver": Greer Garson gives a formidable Oscar(R)-winning performance in the title role, comforting children in a bomb shelter, capturing an enemy parachutist and delivering an inspirational portrait of stiff-upper-lip British resolve. When Hitler did his worst, "Mrs. Miniver" did her best. "An American In Paris": Gene Kelly, producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli and a skilled production team conjure an entertainment for the ages.
"The Band Wagon": Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dazzle in director Vincente Minnelli's classic, featuring numbers set in a train station ("By Myself"), a penny arcade ("A Shine on Your Shoes"), a backlot Central Park ("Dancing in the Dark") and a smoky cafï ï¾© ("The Girl Hunt"). As the hallmark song which originated here goes, "That's Entertainment.
In 1895, Louis Lumiere supposedly said that cinema is "an invention without a future." James Naremore uses this legendary remark as a starting point for a meditation on the so-called death of cinema in the digital age, and as a way of introducing a wide-ranging series of his essays on movies past and present. These essays include discussions of authorship, adaptation, and acting; commentaries on Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Vincente Minnelli, John Huston, and Stanley Kubrick; and reviews of more recent work by non-Hollywood directors Pedro Costa, Abbas Kiarostami, Raul Ruiz, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.