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Celebrating the career of one of cinema's most acclaimed artists, Directed by William Wyler is also an exciting and insightful glimpse into the creative process of filmmaking. Over the course of his 45-year career, Wyler crafted a series of unforgettable films, including Dead End, Wuthering Heights, The Best Years of Our Lives, Roman Holiday, and Funny Girl. Emigrating to America from Europe in 1920, Wyler rose through the ranks of Hollywood to become one of its most honored legends. From silent westerns at Universal to combat photography during WW II to the MGM epic Ben Hur, Wyler's life was as dramatic as his films. This affectionate documentary features rare home movies and extensive interviews with Wyler -- who earned a remarkable fifteen Oscar nominations (twelve as director, three as producer) -- as well as interviews with the screen legends who helped seal his reputation as the definitive "actor's director": Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Barbara Streisand, Audrey Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, John Huston, Billy Wilder, Lillian Hellman, Charlton Heston and others. Also featured is Wyler's rare 1929 part-silent/part-talkie, The Love Trap. Laura La Plante (The Cat and the Canary) stars as a bright-eyed dancer who is fired from her chorus line job, cornered by a sly womanizer (Robert Ellis), and evicted from her apartment, all in a single day. In the depths of her despair, she is rescued by a handsome Prince Charming (Neil Hamilton), who turns out to be a wealthy young businessman. Love and marriage follow, but their newlywed bliss is threatened when Paul's uncle (Norman Trevor) recognizes Evelyn from a wild party he had attended. Unable to explain her innocence, Evelyn sets an elaborate trap for the old aristocrat, in hopes that she can expose his error in judgement and regain the confidence of her husband.

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Special Features # A trailer gallery featuring theatrical previews for seventeen William Wyler films # A detailed filmography of films directed by William Wyler

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