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William Wyler, Class Act

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Funny Girl

William Wyler United States, 1968

We’ve been really enjoying the films of Hollywood class act William Wyler, as you may know from our recent series, and even though we’ve concluded our retrospective, we couldn’t resist adding the bonus of this Barbra Streisand—in her film debut!—and Omar Sharif musical classic.

The Collector

William Wyler United States, 1965

We close our William Wyler retrospective with this exquisite cult item starring Terence Stamp and Samantha Egger. Wyler’s elegant style meets its match in a wicked two-character psychodrama that tests the limits of a crumbled American Production Code that’d never have permitted the story in 1940.

The Little Foxes

William Wyler United States, 1941

The Academy loves a diva, and they had a magnificent one in Bette Davis, who devours this barbed melodrama from the inside out. With a witty script by the great Lillian Hellman, directed by the master William Wyler (Roman Holiday), this Old Hollywood classic scored 9 Oscar nods.

Wuthering Heights

William Wyler United States, 1939

William Wyler had no fear of ambitious adaptations—in fact, he excelled at them, as in this unbeatable version of Emily Brontë difficult to adapt, tempestuous classic. No one could make a better Heathcliff than Laurence Olivier, and Citizen Kane’s cinematographer conjured the sumptuous shadows.

Dodsworth

William Wyler United States, 1936

Classical Hollywood master William Wyler, who tackled everything from Roman Holiday to Ben-Hur, delivered one of his greatest classics with this startlingly uncompromised romantic drama, attuned to his greatest strengths: sharp observation of complex characters, and an aching emotional core.

These Three

William Wyler United States, 1936

Today we launch a Monday series on Hollywood studio maestro William Wyler, a director whose sumptuous pictures for Samuel Goldwyn were among the best prestige films of the era. From a Lillian Hellman story, with Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon and Joel McCrea before the camera, and Gregg Toland behind.

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