A master craftsman with a powerful sense of moral realism and psychological detail, Wyler's movies--Jezebel, The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, Roman Holiday and The Best Years of Our Lives, to name just a few--won him three Academy Awards for direction. Herman shows that Wyler's own story is every bit as entertaining as his movies. Filmography. ...
A master craftsman with a powerful sense of moral realism and psychological detail, Wyler's movies--Jezebel, The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, Roman Holiday and The Best Years of Our Lives, to name just a few--won him three Academy Awards for direction. Herman shows that Wyler's own story is every bit as entertaining as his movies. Filmography. Index. Photos.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-09-08 This portrait of the director of Jezebel and Wuthering Heights relies on its subject's recently discovered papers. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly, 1995-11-20 Researched and written with the Wyler family's cooperation, Herman's richly satisfying biography takes a close look at the feisty, mischievous William Wyler (1902-1981), who directed Wuthering Heights, Roman Holiday, Friendly Persuasion, Funny Girl and many other memorable films, won three Academy Awards and guided more actors to Oscars (13) than any other director. Herman describes Wyler's painstaking approach to making his 32 films, showing how he worked with writers, actors, producers and technical crew. Equally well-covered are Wyler's early romances, his marriage and family life, his friendship with director John Huston, his thorny but productive relationship with producer Samuel Goldwyn, and his brave defiance of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Finally, Herman reveals how the death of his brother in 1971 led to Wyler's surprising decision to retire from filmmaking and spend the final decade of his life traveling around the world. Written by an award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, this biography is a major addition to the literature of Hollywood's golden age. Photos. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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