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

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

Jan Herman (Author)

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

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"A Talent for Trouble" tells the spellbinding tale of William Wyler's rise from obscurity to master filmmaker as Hollywood's quintessential director. It chronicles his stormy love affairs with some of the top stars of filmdom's Golden Age, captures his beguiling personal charm, his physical and moral courage, and probes his private tragedies and political bravery. Wyler was Laurence Olivier's mentor, the love of Bette Davis's life, John Huston's best friend, Audrey Hepburns's discoverer and Barbra Streisand's father figure. His pictures were touchstones for an entire generation, among them "Jezebel," "Dodsworth," "Wuthering Heights," "The Letter," "The Little Foxes," "The Best Years of Our Lives," "Roman Holiday," "The Heiress," "Ben-Hur," and "Funny Girl." This biography has come in for much praise:

“An excellent biography.” — Gore Vidal

“Places Wyler once and for all where he belongs as a major figure in the American cinematic canon.” — Martin Scorsese

“The best book I’ve read about a director.” — Gregory Peck

“Jan Herman's biography of William Wyler is a classic of the genre, paying equal attention to Wyler’s life and his films, and uncovering the rich interweave between the two. Herman invariably rewards readers with his depth of insight, balance of treatment, and first-class colloquial and elegant prose — this book is a friend.” — Ann Douglas (author "Terrible Honesty," "The Feminization of American Culture," and Parr Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University)

“Richly satisfying . . . ” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] thorough loving study [imarked by] reliable judgments and comprehensiveness . . . Mr. Herman's exhaustive research has paid off in a volume that will reward not only scholars but fans as well.” — Diane Jacobs (The New York Times Book Review)

“A model Hollywood biography: Cogent, to the point, candid, briskly written and never dull.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Highly recommended.” — Library Journal

“The one-stop shop for Wyler.” — Gary Giddins (author "Visions of Jazz," "Bing Crosby," and Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography)

“Captures the man and his work in all their variety and complexity.” —

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title A Talent For Trouble
subtitle The Life Of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director, William Wyler
authors Jan Herman
publisher Da Capo Press
publishedDate 1997-08-22
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. 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.
pageCount 544
printType BOOK
categories Performing Arts
maturityRating NOT_MATURE
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language en
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