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William WylerThe Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director$
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Gabriel Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142098

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.001.0001

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War Films

War Films

Mrs. Miniver (1942), Memphis Belle (1944), Thunderbolt (1945)

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(p.209) 10 War Films
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William Wyler
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Gabriel Miller

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0011

This chapter chronicles Wyler's activities during World War II — his early attempts to join the military (which were rebuffed), his involvement with Frank Capra on “The Why We Fight” series, his work with Lillian Hellman on a documentary depicting the heroism of the Russians, and his eventual commission in the U.S. Air Force to direct documentary films promoting the American war effort. The chapter opens with a history of Wyler's propaganda film, Mrs. Miniver, supporting the British in their struggle against the Nazis, for which he won his first Oscar. The chapter also offers a detailed history of Wyler's two documentaries, the celebrated Memphis Belle and Thunderbolt.

Keywords:   World War II, Frank Capra, Lillian Hellmann, Mrs. Miniver, Memphis Belle, Thunderbolt

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