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Did all the editors at St. Martin's Press suddenly up and die?,
This review is from: Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer (Hardcover)
Fascinating subject -- dreadful execution.
I was really looking forward to reading this book, and began by glancing through the photos. When I noticed all the aforementioned mis-captioned pictures I thought, "Uh-oh, this does not bode well."
I won't repeat here the examples of factual errors that are apparent even to a casual scholar of Hollywood's Golden Age. What I find staggering is the combination of inaccuracies, repetitions, omissions, and completely fatuous observations. ("Another brother, Willie, curiously bearing the same name as the dying son in 'East Lynne,' a play in which Minnelli would later perform, died when he was an infant.")
As Dana Stevens observed in a New York Times book review, "...details pop up throughout the book in sudden, impenetrable clumps. Yet elsewhere, information that would be crucial for comprehending the significance of a story is mysteriously absent." That, combined with some truly bad writing, make this a non-starter.
Given the subject matter, I'll probably slog through some more of it (perhaps using the index in the back to jump to the areas of greatest interest to me) before I give it to the local library and take a $37.95 tax deduction.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2011 2:13:44 PM PDT
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lewis jackman says:
And contrary to what Levy contends on page 366, what movie houses in the Sixties actually had full pit orchestras playing the overture live during reserved-seat road show engagements of big-budget musicals like The Sound of Music, Oliver! and Funny Girl? Uh, wasn't that on the soundtrack?
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Diane Stranz says:
I was discouraged from reading this book by Emanuel Levy's website, where he claims his book is "the first ever biography of Vincent Minnelli." What hubris! Can one say 'exaggerated ego run amok'?! How ironic that last month I checked out two Minnelli biographies from our public library, both of which were written years earlier than Levy's . . .
Plus the blurb I read on Levy's website had several typos: unprofessional and a turn-off.
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