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William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director (Screen Classics) [Hardcover]

Gabriel Miller

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22 July 2013 Screen Classics
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 in practically every genre, including social drama, melodrama, and comedy. Yet, despite overwhelming critical acclaim and popularity, Wyler's work has never been extensively studied. This long-overdue book offers a comprehensive assessment of the director, his work, and his films' influence.

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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; 1 edition (22 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813142091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813142098
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,271,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Miller shows how much still can be done with Wyler's long, illustrious career, and his book is easily the most comprehensive and insightful of the lot... Absolutely accurate and rich with detail...Miller's book brings Wyler's work alive for contemporary audiences. --Choice" -- Choice

About the Author

Gabriel Miller, professor of English at Rutgers University, is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Films of Martin Ritt: Fanfare for the Common Man, Clifford Odets, and William Wyler: Interviews.

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4.0 out of 5 stars wyler, huac and the hollywood ten 1 Sep 2013
By Jeffrey Ambers - Published on Amazon.com
As a big fan of william wyler films, i was very pleased to also learn from gabrel miller's fascinating biography that wyler was also a strong advocate for artistic freedom and an early supporter of the hollywood 10. This was at a time many in the film industry knuckled under to pressure from huac. I also loved reading Miller's detailed account of the making of "the best years of our lives" . No film today could do justice to our the struggles of our returning soldiers as wyler did for ww11 vets. if you love the greatest films of hollywood's golden age as much as i do, by all means go out and get this important biography of william wyler.
1.0 out of 5 stars Life of a famous film director 16 Jun 2014
By Bruce Beresford - Published on Amazon.com
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A disappointing book as far too much space is wasted simply recounting the plots of various Wyler films. There is little insight into his character and little assessment of his achievements.
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so 24 May 2014
By Jardel Vieira Silva - Published on Amazon.com
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Im in the first chapter but for me the author do not cover the first years very well and spend a lot of time try to analyse techinics and subjectives aspects of the movie intead to tell the in between lines ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars William Wyler 15 Oct 2013
By jazz man - Published on Amazon.com
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I actually bought it for a friend who enjoys anything about William Wyler as one of the best directors of our time .
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