Years later, Tom goes back to the place where he was bullied by his schoolmates but also had an unforgettable romance. Set in the bright college where the men of tomorrow are shaped, Minnelli offers a melodrama with darkish tints which alludes to the theme of being different and stigmatizes society’s pressure to conform. –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
Weakened yet still worthwhile adaptation of the Anderson play that exists as more of an artifact on 1950's morales/attitudes on queer identity than anything to give more credence too. Minnelli makes a strong cinematic potrayal that had to be compromised between stage and screen due to the 'codes' of the time period. Deborah Kerr quite memorable here in her potrayal of the neglected and caring headmasters' wife.