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What's your favorite film by William Wyler?

Hell's Heroes
0 (0%)
Counsellor at Law
0 (0%)
The Good Fairy
0 (0%)
These Three
0 (0%)
Dodsworth
0 (0%)
Dead End
0 (0%)
Jezebel
1 (3.4%)
Wuthering Heights
0 (0%)
The Westerner
0 (0%)
The Letter
0 (0%)
The Little Foxes
1 (3.4%)
Mrs. Miniver
0 (0%)
The Best Years of Our Lives
8 (27.6%)
The Heiress
1 (3.4%)
Detective Story
0 (0%)
Carrie
0 (0%)
Roman Holiday
6 (20.7%)
The Desperate Hours
0 (0%)
Friendly Persuasion
0 (0%)
The Big Country
1 (3.4%)
Ben-Hur
2 (6.9%)
The Children's Hour
0 (0%)
The Collector
2 (6.9%)
How to Steal a Million
0 (0%)
Funny Girl
1 (3.4%)
Haven't seen any
5 (17.2%)
Don't like any
1 (3.4%)

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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2011, 05:19:44 PM »
and it was a real treat to see Cathy O'Donnell in something outside of her film noir mode (she's a peach and a half!)

I read somewhere that her character in this film helped coin the phrase the girl next door, because of her personality, beauty and devotion to Homer.

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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2011, 01:01:19 AM »
The Russell scenes are a bit too obvious for me, but I love everything else about it.

I can see that. He gets dropped in and out of the movie all willy nilly. The scene where Cathy O'Donnell helps him before he goes to sleep is what sold me on the character.

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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2012, 06:01:24 PM »
A favorite very much under-appreciated today. One of the finest dramatic directors with no discernible style.

1. The Collector
2. The Heiress
3. Dodsworth

4. The Best Years of Our Lives
5. The Westerner

6. The Good Fairy
7. Counselor-at-Law
8. Mrs. Miniver
9. Jezebel
10. How to Steal a Million
11. Funny Girl
12. The Children's Hour
13. Detective Story
14. The Big Country

15. The Little Foxes
16. Roman Holiday
17. Ben-Hur
18. The Letter
19. Friendly Persuasion
20. Wuthering Heights
21. The Desperate Hours
22. Dead End
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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2012, 06:26:28 PM »
One of the finest dramatic directors with no discernible style.

He's very distinctive from the late 30s through the 40s for his deep focus, depth of field style.  Especially in his collaborations with Gregg Toland.
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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2013, 08:37:12 AM »

Dodsworth | Wyler | 1936

Such an incredibly honest and scathing portrayal of a marriage falling apart thanks to a woman's narcissism and desperation to cling to her youth. And yet, even her character is treated with some degree of kindness and humanity especially in the first half. The whole thing is pretty darn perfect really.. the sets, the cinematography and most of all, the three central performances. The only complaint I have really is that there's not nearly enough Mary Astor in it. She's resplendent and I too want to travel around the world with her.

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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2013, 10:47:31 AM »
The only complaint I have really is that there's not nearly enough Mary Astor in it. She's resplendent and I too want to travel around the world with her.

Hear, hear!

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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2013, 11:25:03 AM »
Such a great movie. Walter Huston's best performance?
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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2013, 11:29:19 AM »
Is this happening?

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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2013, 11:31:28 AM »
Still waiting to hear about Naruse. . .
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Re: Director's Best: William Wyler
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2013, 11:54:27 AM »
Still waiting to hear about Naruse. . .
I'll upload it tonight for sure. My upload speeds are pretty rubbish right now with the snowstorm.