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Vincente Minnelli

Minnelli circa 1950s
Born Lester Anthony Minnelli
(1903-02-28)February 28, 1903
Chicago, Illinois. U.S.
Died July 25, 1986(1986-07-25) (aged 83)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Years active 1928–1976
Spouse(s) Judy Garland
(m.1945–1951; divorced)
Georgette Magnani
(m.1954–1958; divorced)
Danica “Denise” Radosavljevic
(m.1962–1971; divorced)
Margaretta Lee Anderson
(m.1980–1986; his death)
Children Liza Minnelli
Christiane Minnelli

Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life.

Color can do anything that black-and-white can.
I use colors to bring fine points of story and character.
Designing Woman was written for the screen.
The Pirate is surrealism and so, in a curious way, is Father of the Bride.
Color can do anything that black-and-white can.
We shot that in all the real places where Van Gogh worked.
I seem to be drawn to things that actually happen.
I started out to be a painter and was born into the theater.
I learn new things all the time.
If anybody reads a story in a magazine or book, different pictures compete in their minds.
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I see wonderful films by Bertolucci, Visconti, and Fellini.
But I think musicals are going to have to deal with important subjects.
It's the story that counts.
Nowadays the audience has changed. No one can anticipate the audience.
But I went down to Venezuela and spend a few weeks going through jungles. It's fantastic looking.
Vincente Minnelli
Cedric Gibbons was the grand cardinal of the art department.
That's what I think musicals will come to. No backstage stories, nothing of that sort.
Vincente Minnelli
I made three films with Douglas, two with Charles Boyer.
I always liked the Van Gogh story because I was terribly involved in that.
I had given up the theater and everything propelled me into entertainment. And I didn't resist it.
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Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and he sat in on so many story conferences. He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
Vincente Minnelli
It's always the story that interests me.
In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine.
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I allow an area for improvisation because the chemical things actors bring to stories make it not work.
Vincente Minnelli
I've worked with an awful lot of people. Katy Hepburn, Spencer Tracy.
American films are terribly popular all over the world and American movie stars are terribly important. I don't know why.
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West Side Story was terribly important because of the style of the dancing and the gangs of New York.
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But surrealism is present in most of my pictures.
No, I only like whether I like the story or not, essentially see something in it that isn't completely there.
Vincente Minnelli
I always have coffee without sugar, you know. Just cream.