A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The
Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli
by Mark Griffin
Da Capo Press
368 pages, $15.95 (paper)
MARK GRIFFIN was inspired by the work of Vincente Minnelli one summer when, as a misfit 16-year-old with little confidence, he watched the director’s penultimate film, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. The story of a clairvoyant, chain-smoking student, whose own dowdy personality was eclipsed by her glamorous past-life persona as a 19th-century coquette, appealed to the young Griffin, who identified with the character’s struggle to achieve self-acceptance. He watched the movie repeatedly, and went back to high school with newfound assurance.