St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however, barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair. —IMDb
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
One of the greatest representations of family in the history of film. The natural, familiar mix of characters, as well as the easygoing vignette structure, create a down-to-earth tone and a sense of humble self-awareness, which allow for moments of suburban darkness to rub shoulders with the strange pleasures of corny songs, precocious child acting, and Hollywood cutesiness. Excellent.
Perhaps my favorite movie. Saw this on 35mm this Sunday and, don't know if it was just the film or the Holiday Season or the aftermath of what happened in Newton Conn. this Friday, but by the end half the audience was weeping like I'ver never heard an audience cry before.
Vincente Minnelli’s films are like full-color X-ray photography of the inner universe of his characters.
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