THE CLOCK
1945, Warner Bros., 90 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Director Vincente Minnelli’s take on the universal boy-meets-girl story. Off-duty soldier Robert Walker meets Judy Garland in New York. Some sightseeing and a day later, they fall in love. One of those rare films in which Judy didn’t sing at all, proving she was also capable of carrying a purely dramatic role.


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.


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