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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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The Street Where They Live

The Street Where They Live

Dead End (1937)

(p.119) 6 The Street Where They Live
William Wyler

Gabriel Miller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter details Wyler's filming of Dead End, which was based on the hit play of the same name by Sidney Kingsley. Wyler's conflicts with producer Samuel Goldwyn are discussed — particularly his desire to film on location vs. Goldwyn's insistence on building a detailed set in the studio. Lillian Hellman's scripts are analyzed, principally focusing on her changes to some of the plot and character details. Wyler's mise-en-scène is discussed in detail, chiefly examining his use of depth-of-field photography to make the set seem larger, as well as his expressionistic effects. The film's use of the gangster character is also analyzed.

Keywords:   Dead End, Sidney Kingsley, Lillian Hellman

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