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Biography of director George Stevens by his son. It includes clips from many of his films with commentary by the actors and by directors such as Frank Capra, John Huston and Alan Pakula, among others. Also included are Stevens's war "home movies," found only after his death. Assigned by Eisenhower to film the war in Europe, Stevens used the opportunity to produce, at the same time, the only color footage ever shot in World War II. There is breathtaking film of D-Day and its aftermath; the triumphal march through Paris of the Allied liberators; and the unspeakable horrors of Dachau. This is what Goya might have done with a movie camera. On a more mundane level is a segment on Cecil B. DeMille's 1950 underhanded attempt to oust Joseph L. Mankiewicz, then president, from the Directors' Guild, which Stevens was instrumental in blocking. Written by
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This lengthy tribute to director George Stevens tries to cover almost too much ground during its one hour and fifty minutes. It even includes the color war footage that he took during the liberation of Paris in WWII and a visit to Germany and the concentration camps. While all of that footage is very interesting, a more compact look at Stevens' career would have been preferable.
His early films interested me the most--especially the film that brought out the kid in all of us--GUNGA DIN. A generous amount of film clips from this film makes for enjoyable viewing, as does the long musical clip from SWING TIME with Astaire and Rogers cavorting around the highly stylized B&W art deco set.
Other enjoyable clips from THE MORE THE MERRIER (the famous love scene where he let Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea improvise), WOMAN OF THE YEAR (Katharine Hepburn trying to make breakfast for Spencer Tracy), and earliest of all, ALICE ADAMS with the breakfast scene that includes Hattie McDaniel as a hapless maid hired to impress Fred MacMurray.
Other clips from A PLACE IN THE SUN, GIANT, SHANE and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK take up precious time but are worth viewing. And then a sad look at one of his box-office and critical failures--THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.
Summing up: A not too objective look at his father's career by a doting son, but a tribute that is indeed deserved.
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