Cinematography by George J. Folsey. In "poesia" list because of Gish, Bacall, Grahame and Susan Strasberg. And in "desire" on the account of Widmark and John Kerr. How to stage a modern fiction with the rules of the classic system with an enlargement bigger than its nature? Here is the answer: a visual luxury concerning a digression upon the mind and human weaknesses. And in the end, there were no curtains.
Drapes as existential & psychosexual crises, the illness of normal life, decor/decoration, controlling chaos by letting it resolve itself, different modes of performance, of spectacle, of artistic representation: the juxtaposition between comedy & melodrama has never been more slippery. J. Rancíere is right: Minnelli's lesson is indeed mysterious, everyone's sick, there are mirrors everywhere. I love this filmmaker.