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George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)

Biography of the Academy Award winning director including dramatic color footage of WWII.


George Stevens Jr.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Astaire ... Self
Warren Beatty ... Self
Pandro S. Berman ... Self (as Pandro Berman)
Frank Capra ... Self
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Self
Katharine Hepburn ... Self
John Huston ... Self
Rouben Mamoulian ... Self
Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... Self
Joel McCrea ... Self
Ivan Moffat Ivan Moffat ... Self
Alan J. Pakula ... Self
Hermes Pan ... Self
Millie Perkins ... Self
Hal Roach ... Self


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 Jacqueline Jarvis <arlene@inx.net>

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A Loving Tribute
14 March 1999 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey" is a loving tribute by his son to a genuinely fine director. Whether one might prefer either pre- or post WWII films by Stevens, the quality of his over all output is staggering. Before the war his films were bouncy, frothy, and delightful. After the war a more somber tone was displayed, and at the same time, a unique feeling for atmosphere and especially timing. Too, the musical scores blended beautifully into his full tapestry. The photography of his films was peerless, and the acting always on the highest level. This is a wonderful monument to a most loving and beloved screen director.

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Release Date:

3 May 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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