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A fascinating look at a fascinating man
Goldwyn: The Man And His Movies tells the mesmerizing true story of Samuel Goldwyn who worked his way out of a destitute ghetto in Poland, made his way to America and become a self-made Hollywood mogul. The documentary takes a thorough look at both the good and the bad qualities of Goldwyn. There is much archive footage here along with more recent interview clips with the people who worked closely with Sam Goldwyn.
The documentary also provides us with interesting clips of some of the very best moments from many of Goldwyn's best films. We get a few clips from Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes (Bette Davis' and William Wyler's finest work and the clips from The Best Years Of Our Lives - the only film that ever earned Goldwyn himself an Oscar - are outstanding. We learn how Goldwyn was able to come back despite failures; he was a clever albeit neurotic man who knew how to reinvent himself as time passed.
Loved or hated, Goldwyn was certainly a Hollywood luminary who went to amazing lengths to insure that he had the final word on what went up on the screen. Considered by most to be a phenomenal success, Goldwyn always seemed to be fighting an uphill battle against insurmountable odds. A true film genius who is known for the mantra "make less films, make better films", Goldwyn always seemed to be at war with everything around him, while constantly doing what he could to fit in.