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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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(p.1) Introduction
William Wyler

Gabriel Miller

University Press of Kentucky

The introductory chapter lays out the book's major themes. It quarrels with André Bazin's argument that deep focus “democratizes the frame” and argues instead that Wyler self-consciously organized his frames to elucidate theme. While accepting Bazin's labeling Wyler as a realist, the introduction goes on to consider the social dimension of his films and the ways in which they illuminate the major social issues of his times, most notably, the Depression, World War II, and HUAC.

Keywords:   André Bazin, Depression, World War II, HUAC

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