Before there was “Brangelina” there was “Liz and Dick”, as in Taylor and Burton. Their affair, which had begun during the shooting of Cleopatra in 1963 had become the world’s most publicized marriage – and dynamite at the box office. To capitalize on the media frenzy surrounding them, producer Martin Ransohoff wrote an original story of a minister falling in love with a free-spirited artist. Based on W. Somerset Maugham’s Miss Thompson, and scripted by former blacklisted screenwriters Dalton Trumbo and Michael Wilson, it became The Sandpiper. –TCM
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
Terribly made. The editing and ADR are Appalling and Charles Bronson is basically playing Dick Shawn. Think about that: Charles Bronson is the comic relief! You know things are dire when Vincente Minnelli turned to Bronson and asked him to lighten things up a bit. But Taylor is radiant; has she ever looked more appropriate in a role? You can't take your eyes off of her, even when she gags on the horrific dialogue.