Eddie and his father are now alone. In a bid to fill the great emptiness they feel, they reorganize their lives around women. But Eddie’s tastes do not always coincide with his father’s desires… An original and winning comedy centred on the touching father/son relationship. Starring Glenn Ford and a very young Ron Howard. –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
Wonderful acting by Glenn Ford + the justly famous goldfish scene + a sui generis genre somewhere between melodrama and comedy. Lovely movie, only I wish the whole mothering kid-friendly woman as the ideal vs. the career woman saddled with annoying dog + distancing accent were absent...
The Ferronis take our end of the year double feature extravaganza to delirious heights.
BAMcinématek and the Locarno Film Festival take that word “Complete” seriously. The retrospective runs through November 2.