Cinema: A Lapse of Memory

A MATTER OF TIME Directed by VINCENTE MINNELLI Screenplay by JOHN GAY

It makes for an awkward occasion: a group of gifted people working so far below their best talents that everything takes on the giddy air of a runaway charade. Director Vincente Minnelli, a flamboyant, lushly elegant stylist, has been responsible not only for some of the greatest movie musicals (Meet Me in St. Louis, The Band Wagon), but some enjoyably parboiled melodramas as well (The Bad and the Beautiful, Some Came Running). Here he is working for the first time with...