A Talent for Trouble William Wyler's films include classics such as "Ben Hur" and "Funny Girl", and have earned 127 Academy Award nominations, winning him three best-director Oscars. Based on previously undiscovered papers and hundreds of interviews, this biography reveals both Wyler's professional and private life. Full description
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.
New in new packaging. 1940 Run time: 95:00. Six years after exploding to stardom in Of Human Bondage, Bette Davis equalled that excitement with another W. Somerset Maugham role as an adulteress using her sexual wiles to escape a murder conviction in The Letter. The film throbs with sultry tension thanks to Davis, an impeccable supporting cast, atmospheric cinematography and the artistry of three-time Academy Award winner* William Wyler, Davis director on Jezebel and The Little Foxes.
This is a unique study of the use of cinematic space by four important directors in American cinema from the 1930s to the 1960s: Frank Capra, Ernst Lubitsch, Josef von Sternberg, and William Wyler. Bowman examines each of their distinctive styles and diverse backgrounds and shows how these unique visual styles complement each other-representing the best in classic American cinema, from Ninotchka and Shanghai Express to Best Years of Our Lives to It's a Wonderful Life.