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Michael Henry Wilson, Documentarian and Author, Dies at 67

3 July 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmaker and author Michael Henry Wilson died of lung cancer June 26 in Westlake, Calif. He was 67.

Known for his deep knowledge of film history and close relationships with filmmakers, Wilson directed documentaries including “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies,” “In Search of Kundun” with Martin Scorsese and “Le Franc-Tireur” on Clint Eastwood. He also wrote the documentaries “Hollywood Mavericks” (with Todd McCarthy) and “Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle” as well as Alan Rudolphi’s 2002 film “Intimate Affairs.”

His books included works on Eastwood, Scorsese, Jacques Torneur, Raoul Walsh and his latest, “At the Gate of Paradise,” about 58 American directors from D.W. Griffith to David Lynch, with a forward by Scorsese.

Wilson was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, and in his twenties published a book on German expressionist cinema and a book on Frank Borzage. He also served as producer Anatole Dauman’s assistant at Argos Films.

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- Pat Saperstein

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Program Notes Gone Wild

20 March 2014 11:36 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A 9-film series of not-quite-classics (on 35mm), "Auteurs Gone Wild" runs at Anthology Film Archives from March 20-30, 2014; what follows are the director's cut of the program notes (with production stills of the auteurs themselves, mid-wild)—

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If the Hollywood auteurs were the ghosts in the studio machine, what would they look like exorcised? Rather than author, the word "auteur" might have referred to a kind of rhetorician working within genre codes that, once decoded, would only reveal his own commentary on them. But what would happen if this auteur cleared his throat, managed a sip of water, and tried speaking in his own tongue? Typically, the critics who had authored the auteur as a placeholder and retroactive justification for their own generic interpretations would have to snub such attempts to break out of genre molds to go strange, personal places. For the irony is that these works, kind of laboratory »

- David Phelps

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