Rewatched in a splendorous 35 mm copy. If ever there was a Hollywood movie that corresponded to the concept of "Gesamtkunstwerk", this would have to be the one, an opera where Minnelli excels in impressive deliriums. In this visual drama with sound we find an ethereal flexibility of a saturated construction: see the sequence of "les feuilles mortes" at Versailles and how is achieved a summit of brittleness.
Douchet: "a meditation on the dreams that impel men to act." A strange, gargantuan, imperfect Minnelli, a summation of the director's concern w/ the conflict between dream & reality. As always w/ Minnelli, there is a predetermined level of fantasy & reverie. Here though, as in TO BE OR NOT TO BE, Nazism is a formidable antithesis to the artist's system of ideals. The ending prophesies an emergence of absolute doom.
"A lot of people got it into their heads that the only thing the American moviegoer wanted to do was to stare at Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and they made movies accordingly." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2015/01/episode-42-vincente-minnelli-melodramas.html