Vincente Minnelli (1903–1986) was one of Hollywood's most significant authors, his oeuvre exemplarily stands for the successful combination of authorship and genre. Minnelli's musicals made him famous. In the mid-1940s, they marked the transition from revue cinema to the unity of plot, dance and cinematic form. With his talent for interiors, a sense for musical camera movements and a brilliant color dramaturgy, Minelli created movies possessing great vitality and energy. Less remembered by the public is Vincente Minnelli as the director of melodramas and comedies, although two thirds of his oeuvre are works of these genres. Especially the melodramas produced starting in the 1950s attracted little attention, wrongly so, in the shadow of Douglas Sirk and Nicholas Ray.