George Stevens: A Filmaker's Journey (#1805)
In an astonishing filmography - including the classics Alice Adams, Annie Oakley, Swing Time, Gunga Din, Woman of the Year, A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Greatest Story Ever Told - George Stevens was director to everyone from Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy to Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty. His career began in the early 1920s as a Laurel and Hardy cameraman; he ultimately reigned as one of the most respected directors of all time. Always choosing quality over quantity, there is a timeless power to his work, equally meticulous whether it's the intricate footwork of Fred Astaire or the horrors of World War II - the landing at Normandy, the liberation of Paris, Allied troops arriving at Dachau - the only existing color footage of these events. This eloquent, evocative and entertaining biography of the famed producer-director was made by George Stevens Jr. with all the intimacy and insight of a son and protege, thoroughly exploring George Stevens the filmmaker and lovingly paying tribute to George Stevens the father, who died in 1975.
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