An American in Paris  sums up the very essence of Hollywood's Golden Era: Why bother with the real and true when the make-believe is so much more satisfying?
Asked to pick his favorite of his movies, Vincente Minnelli always named Lust for Life . You can see why he was drawn to the story of Vincent van Gogh. The painter was all about color. And Minnelli may have had the finest grasp of color of any director of the Technicolor era.