Its the story that counts.
By: Vincente Minnelli
I seem to be drawn to things that actually happen.
Designing Woman was written for the screen.
Its always the story that interests me.
I allow an area for improvisation because the chemical things actors bring to stories make it not work.
Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and he sat in on so many story conferences. He worked with Welles, you know, and hes a marvelous man.
But surrealism is present in most of my pictures.
In the Thirties, when I was in New York, I did the first surrealistic ballet in a show of mine.
Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life.
Cedric Gibbons was the grand cardinal of the art department.
I learn new things all the time.
But I went down to Venezuela and spend a few weeks going through jungles. Its fantastic looking.
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