William A.Wellman, the Oscar-winning director-screenwriter producer, was nicknamed “Wild Bill” because his larger-than life personality was as dynamic and freewheeling as one of his movies. TCM’s salute to this film legend includes a revised version of Richard Schickel’s The Men Who Made the Movies: William Wellman,made in 1973 and now updated with new interview material, re-mastered footage and a new narration by director Sydney Pollack. Joining host Robert Osborne to introduce and discuss TCM’s lineup of films is the filmmaker’s son, actor-producer-author William Wellman Jr.
Wellman (1896-1975) was born in Brookline, Mass., and saw action in World War I as part of the famous Lafayette Flying Corps. Between 1920 and 1923 he rose from bit actor to director of Hollywood films and made his name as a major filmmaker by directing the 1927 Wings, which won the first Best Picture Oscar®. He went on to create a wide variety of movies, and our festival is divided into genres in which… read more
Gary Cooper and the Flying Circus or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Censorship and Love Clara Bow's Bubbles.
While it's a bit overlong and the dialogue could use work (ex. Jack's inebriated love for bubbles), the aerial battles are outstanding and are worth seeing.
Three notes on Wings and William Wellman’s home movies.
Wings, the first film to win the Best Picture award (though it wasn’t called that in the 1927-28 ceremony), is a key WWI picture about happy-go-lucky pilots shaken out of their idealism by the realities… read review
Acting legend Lillian Gish once said, disapprovingly of the ‘talkies’ that replaced the films she became known for: “Silent movies were well on their way to developing an entirely new art form. It… read review