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Wild Bill Wellman

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780307377708
Author(s): William A. Jr. Wellman
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Random House Usa Inc
Dimensions: 244 x 0 x 170 (w x l x h)
Pages: 608

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The extraordinary life the first of the legendary, undercelebrated Hollywood director known in his day as Wild Bill (and he was!) Wellman, whose eighty-two movies (six of them uncredited), many of them iconic; many of them sharp, cold, brutal; others poetic, moving; all of them a lesson in close-up art, ranged from adventure and gangster pictures to comedies, aviation, romances, westerns, and searing social dramas. Among his iconic pictures: the pioneering World War I epic 'Wings '(winner of the first Academy Award for best picture), 'Public Enemy '(the toughest gangster picture of them all), 'Nothing Sacred, ' the original 'A Star Is Born, ' 'Beggars of Life, The Call of the Wild, The Ox-Bow Incident, Battleground, The High and the Might'y... David O. Selznick called him one of the motion pictures greatest craftsmen. Robert Redford described him as feisty, independent, self-taught, and self-made. He stood his ground and fought his battles for artistic integrity, never wavering, always clear in his film sense. Wellman directed Hollywood s biggest stars for three decades, including Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, and Clint Eastwood. It was said he directed like a general trying to break out of a beachhead. He made pictures with such noted producers as Darryl F. Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson, Jesse Lasky, and David O. Selznick. Here is a revealing, boisterous portrait of the handsome, tough-talking, hard
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