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

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Da Capo Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 517 pages
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The films of William Wyler (19021981) 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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Wyler was the most consistent craftsman during Hollywood's golden age, directing best-picture Oscar winners like Best Years of Our Lives and Ben Hur. Wyler would coax, cajole, or bully performances ... Read full review

Contents

The Name Should Be Willi
5
A Kids Point of View
12
His Mothers Sorrow
23
Like a Trip to the Moon
30
New York
35
Worthless Willy
44
Sin City
51
Lights Camera Action
55
Italian Assignment
269
Not HollywoodAsUsual
278
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?
294
Eating Actors Alive
306
He Didnt Want a YesMan
315
Dupe Idiot or Communist
332
Roman Holiday
341
The Man You Hate to Love
358

Give Him a Tworeeler
67
Last of the Silents
83
Dialogue in Small Doses
99
Wild Times
110
That Batty Broad
125
The Wyler Touch
139
Just Do It Again
150
Goldwynitis
161
Ill Know It When I See It
174
A Little Hook That Gets You
183
Goodbye Sam
200
He Pleased Himself
210
Deep Focus
222
Velvet Glove 231
231
He Didnt Want to Miss the War
238
25 It Could Bring You Back Alive
244
26 A Battlefront Like No Other
258
Pacifists Dilemma
366
Big Muddy
380
3T BenHum
393
Second Time Around
411
The Taste of Stamps
418
French Schedule
431
No Pushover
438
Black and White
448
Roasts and Toasts
454
What an Exit
463
FlLMOGRAPHY
468
Academy Awards
474
Notes and Source Notes
476
Bibliography
496
Index
499
Acknowledgments
516
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About the author (1997)

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

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