The story of Emma Bovary’s life is told by her author, on trial for writing an ”indecent novel”. This black and white drama is punctuated by artful scenes which revisit some of Minnelli’s pet subjects: the role of women, abandoning small-town life and the quest for beauty pursued through a love of fine costumes and dancing. –Locarno Film Festival
Vincente Minnelli (February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986) was a Hollywood director and stage director. His skilled integration of story, music, lighting, and design elements in a film made him the most critically respected crafter of American film musicals. With first wife Judy Garland, he was the father of Liza Minnelli.
Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago, Illinois, United States, Minnelli was the youngest surviving child of Mina Mary LaLouette Le Beau and Vincent Charles Minnelli. His father was musical conductor of Minnelli Brothers’ Tent Theater. Minnelli’s Chicago-born mother was of French Canadian descent and his paternal grandfather was from Sicily.
With his background in theatre, Minnelli was known as an auteur who always brought his stage experience to his films. The first movie that he directed, Cabin in the Sky (1943), was visibly influenced by the theater. Shortly after that, he directed Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), during which he befriended the film’s star… read more
Two jaw-dropping scenes from director Vincente Minnelli: the ball in Madam Bovary and the drunken car ride in Two Weeks in Another Town.
BAMcinématek and the Locarno Film Festival take that word “Complete” seriously. The retrospective runs through November 2.
From Vincente Minnelli's Madame Bovary (1949); featuring Jennifer Jones; cinematography by Robert H Planck. From F.W. Fassbinder's Martha