The terror of darkness. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).
A woman and her sexual fantasy. The Pirate (1948).
Film noir as ballet. The Band Wagon (1953).
The violent sadness of a child. Meet Me in St Louis (1944).
In the films of Minnelli reality is inherently unstable, life is filled with loneliness and pain, and we alternated between nightmares and dreams. There is nothing quite like it.