Yolanda and the Thief | Chicago Reader

Yolanda and the Thief

As a musical, it isn't much: the book is trivial, and the songs are few and forgettable. But as a tour de force of visual style, this 1945 film is unique. Vincente Minnelli, a superb pictorialist as well as a great director, let his imagination run wild, and the result is a captivating, dreamlike film composed of startling, outrageous, and sometimes sublime images. It has nothing to do with good taste—and that may be the secret of its peculiar appeal. It's kitsch liberated, personalized, and intensified, to the point where taste drops out and the film becomes an act of crazy artistic courage. With Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer, and Frank Morgan; photographed in soft Technicolor by the brilliant Charles Rosher (Sunrise).

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