Father of the Bride is a comedy which pulls off a remarkable stylistic juggling act in that it is simultaneously heartwarming and satirical. The movie has been called “suburban comedic film noir.”
Given all its behind-the-scenes drama, Meet Me In St. Louis could have been a stinker. It was anything but. It's one of a small handful of perfect (or nearly perfect) movie musicals.
If he’d made only movie musicals, Vincente Minnelli would have earned a place in the pantheon of great American directors. Yet Minnelli couldn’t be held to just one genre.
A Night to Remember (1958) offers an approach to the Titanic story largely devoid of fictional elements and melodrama. It is, in fact, one of the earliest known examples of what we now call a docudrama.
In Paul Mazursky’s Scenes from a Mall, a couple of well-to-do Los Angelenos (Woody Allen, Bette Midler) drop emotional bombshells on each other while spending money like it’s going out of style.
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