DESIGNING WOMAN
1957, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Sports reporter Mike Hagen (Gregory Peck) and fashion designer Marilla Brown (Lauren Bacall) meet while vacationing and quickly marry - only to discover that they have little in common, as their friends butt heads and skeletons emerge from their closets. This sparkling romantic comedy earned an Oscar for George Wells’ deft screenplay, and was one of Bacall’s favorite films.


MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
1944, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Life seems perfect in St. Louis on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair for the four sisters of a working-class family, until the father reveals they have to leave for New York. Adapted from Sally Benson’s short stories, originally published in The New Yorker, this gem of cinematic, picture-postcard Americana and youthful romance marked the beginning of the golden age of MGM musicals. And the golden age for director Vincente Minnelli as well: He married Judy Garland the following year. The songs became standards (remember "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"?), and the feature was one of MGM’s biggest successes in its day.


GIGI
1958, Warner Bros., 119 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Director Vincente Minnelli’s GIGI is an absolutely delightful, spirited musical adaptation of Colette's novel about a sweet young girl (Leslie Caron) trained by her aunt for the world's oldest profession in turn-of-the-century Paris. Winner of nine Oscars including Best Picture. With Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan.


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