One of Hollywood’s preeminent craftsmen, William Wyler brought a rigorous technical perfectionism and penetrating emotional insight to some of the richest, most complex human dramas of the studio era. Infamous among actors and crew for his exacting standards—which typically entailed doing countless retakes until he was satisfied with a scene—Wyler’s meticulous methods paid off in masterpieces like DODSWORTH, THE LITTLE FOXES, and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, powerful, character-driven works grounded in a vivid psychological realism. Working with frequent collaborators like Bette Davis, whom he directed in some of her greatest performances, and cinematographer Gregg Toland, with whom he developed his deep-focus visual style, Wyler was a consummate master of the medium who pushed everyone in his orbit to rarely surpassed heights of excellence.
Directed by William Wyler • 1938 • United States
Starring Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent
While movie fans were abuzz over who might play Scarlett O’Hara in the upcoming GONE WITH THE WIND, Bette Davis got another southern-belle role—and gave a fiery performance that won the Academy Award...
Directed by William Wyler • 1946 • United States
Starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews
William Wyler’s multi-Oscar-winning masterpiece is an era-defining portrait postwar America. Sprawling yet intimate, the film traces the experiences of three GIs—played by Fredric March, Dana Andrews...