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USA, 1986 (MIFF 1987)

Director: Aviva Slesin

A compact, exemplary study of one of Hollywood's premier directors, Aviva Slesin's affectionate portrait is built around an interview with William Wyler filmed three days before his death. It is an intimate portrait of Wyler's life and career intercut with appropriately selected excerpts from his films, as well as interviews with Lillian Hellman, Charlton Heston, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis and many, many more. Slesin's documentary makes for an important and necessary document of a Hollywood director whose career spans 50 years and 37 films, including such works as Dodsworth, Jezebel, The Westerner, The Letter, Roman Holiday, The Collector and Funny Girl.


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