A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director, William Wyler

A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director, William Wyler

By: Jan Herman (author)Paperback

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The films of William Wyler (1902--1981) include some of the most memorable and honored motion pictures of all time; Jezebel, The Letter, The Little Foxes, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Heiress, Detective Story, Roman Holiday, Ben-Hur, Funny Girl, and more than two dozen others. His great ability to conceal his directorial presence in order to better serve his material, coupled with the variety of genres in which he excelled, have earned his films 127 Academy Award nominations, winning Wyler three best-director Oscars. Based on his previously undiscovered papers, and hundreds of interviews, this perceptive, spellbinding biography reveals both the director and the private man in startling close-ups as he lived his turbulent life at a bit more than twenty-four frames per second.

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A resident of New York City, Jan Herman is an award-winning journalist and coauthor of Cut Up or Shut Up.


* Prologue: Swing Gang * The Name Should Be Willi * A Kids Point of View * Troublemaker * Like a Trip to the Moon * New York * Worthless Willy * Sin City * Lights! Camera! Action! * Give Him a Two-Reeler * Last of the Silents * Dialogue in Small Doses * Wild Times * That Batty Broad * The Wyler Touch * Just Do It Again * Goldwynitis * Ill Know It When I See It * A Little Hook That Gets You * Good-Bye, Sam * He Pleased Himself * Deep Focus * Velvet Glove * He Didnt Want to Miss The War * It Could Bring You Back Alive * A Battlefront Like No Other * Italian Assignment * Not Hollywood-As-Usual * Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been? * Eating Actors Alive * He Didnt Want a Yes-Man * Dupe, Idiot or Communist * Roman Holiday * The Man you Hate to Love * Pacifists Dilemma * Big Muddy * Ben-Hur * Second Time Around * The Taste of Stamps * French Schedule * No Pushover * Black and White * Roasts and Toasts * What an Exit * Filography * Academy Awards

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/08/1997
  • ISBN13: 9780306807985
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 544
  • ID: 9780306807985
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 030680798X

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