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William Wyler : the life and films of Hollywood's most celebrated director

Author: Gabriel Miller
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2013]
Series: Screen classics (Lexington, Ky.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During his forty-five-year career, William Wyler (1902--1981) pushed the boundaries of filmmaking with his gripping storylines and innovative depth-of-field cinematography. With a body of work that includes such memorable classics as Jezebel (1938), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Ben-Hur (1959), and Funny Girl (1968), Wyler is the most nominated director in the history of the Academy Awards and bears the distinction of having  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Wyler; William Wyler; William Wyler; William Wyler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriel Miller
ISBN: 9780813142098 0813142091 0813142113 9780813142111
OCLC Number: 818735108
Description: 483 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Discovering a vocation and a style: The Shakedown (1929), The Love Trap (1929), Hell's Heroes (1930), A House Divided (1931) --
Coming into his own: Counsellor-at-Law (1933) --
First-class pictures: These Three (1936) --
The Wyler touch: Dodsworth (1936) --
A concoction: Come and Get It (1936) --
The street where they live: Dead End (1937) --
Gone with the plague: Jezebel (1938) --
Home on the moors and the range: Wuthering Heights (1939), The Westerner (1940), The Letter (1940) --
Bette Davis and the South redux: The Little Foxes (1941) --
War films: Mrs. Miniver (1942), Memphis Belle (1944), Thunderbolt (1945) --
The way home: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) --
The American scene I: The Heiress (1949) --
The American scene II: Carrie (1952) --
The House Un-American Activities Committee: Detective Story (1951), Roman Holiday (1953), The Desperate Hours (1955), The Children's Hour (1961) --
The pacifist dilemma: Friendly Persuasion (1956), The Big Country (1958), Ben-Hur (1959) --
Final projects: The Collector (1965), How to Steal a Million (1966), Funny Girl (1968), The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970).
Series Title: Screen classics (Lexington, Ky.)
Responsibility: Gabriel Miller.

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During his forty-five-year career, William Wyler (1902--1981) pushed the boundaries of filmmaking with his gripping storylines and innovative depth-of-field cinematography. With a body of work that includes such memorable classics as Jezebel (1938), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Ben-Hur (1959), and Funny Girl (1968), Wyler is the most nominated director in the history of the Academy Awards and bears the distinction of having won an Oscar for Best Director on three occasions. Both Bette Davis and Lillian Hellman considered him America's finest director, and Sir Laurence Olivier said he learned more about film acting from Wyler than from anyone else. In William Wyler, Gabriel Miller explores the career of one of Hollywood's most unique and influential directors, examining the evolution of his cinematic style. Wyler's films feature nuanced shots and multifaceted narratives that reflect his preoccupation with realism and story construction. The director's later works were deeply influenced by his time in the army air force during World War II, and the disconnect between the idealized version of the postwar experience and reality became a central theme of Wyler's masterpiece, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). None of Wyler's contemporaries approached his scope: he made successful and seminal films.

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