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"Victor Fleming strides through Michael Sragow's eponymous biography with the panache of Rhett Butler -- and no wonder, since the director helped forge Clark Gable's onscreen persona with Red Dust and Test Pilot years before they reunited for Gone With the Wind." -- Wendy Smith, Los Angeles Times, reviewing a previous edition or volume
"Not only persuasive in its argument that Victor Fleming was one of the unsung titans of his era, [this book] also makes for a fascinating case study in how power was acquired, wielded, and lost during the 1930s and '40s.... For readers with a limited knowledge of the movie industry, its transition from silent to talkies, and the rise of the big studio picture, Sragow's thorough scene-setting could double as a cinematic history lesson -- illuminating the many famous lives that Fleming touched (and helped to shape) and the ways in which sets, casts, contracts, and careers worked during Hollywood's grand glory days." -- S. James Snyder, Time, reviewing a previous edition or volume
"Sragow is immensely attentive to Fleming's films, and he traces in detail the fortunes of all the people connected to them, but his book is held together by what can only be called the romance of movie-making in the studio era -- the large, free, hard-drinking life that the men (but rarely the women) enjoyed when movies were still made quickly and relatively cheaply, craft was spoken of with respect, and art was barely mentioned." -- David Denby, New Yorker, reviewing a previous edition or volume
"Michael Sragow's Victor Fleming is certainly among the best film director biographies ever published. Mr. Sragow captures the man, a life and an era that is, as the title of Fleming's most famous film put it, 'gone with the wind.'" -- Peter Bogdanovich, Wall Street Journal, reviewing a previous edition or volume
Author Michael Sragow provides a colorful, sprawling overview of Fleming's personal life & work.
A wonderful book that belongs on the shelves of academic and public libraries and should be on the bookshelves of film fans and historians.
One thing is for sure, he makes a convincing case that Fleming should indeed be named the auteur of GWTW and THE WIZARD OF OZ.
The author also provides details on other celebrities and movies as well. It therefore gets a bit side-tracked at times, but overall a good book about Victor Fleming himself, more... Read morePublished 11 months ago by PJ
the book was much better than I thought it would be - really enjoyed it shared it with a friendPublished 15 months ago by historyguy
This is a beautifully written book about one of the great all time movie directors. A staple at MGM during the "Golden Years" in Hollywood, this man directed so many wonderful... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Joseph Baetz
The author knows how to put together a sentence, but he's so in love with his subject that I was ultimately repelled by Victor Fleming. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by Avid Reader
Victor Fleming was the man who helmed GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ (both in AFI's Top Ten films of all time), as well as other classics such as TREASURE ISLAND, RED DUST... Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Alexander M. Oleksij
For far too long Victor Fleming never got the respect he deserved from film historians. But enjoying any of his now-classic films reveals him to be a no-nonsense craftsman who... Read morePublished on October 27, 2010 by James D. Long
In this impressively researched, breakthrough book on Victor Fleming -- the first ever published in America on the most popular movie director of all time -- Michael Sragow takes... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by John Howard Reid
I enjoyed this biography very much. Mr. Fleming is such an excellent director; he passed away in Jan. 1949 - therefore, he died too soon to be appreciated as the giant he was. Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by K. Anez.
A terrific read-----great insights to the man who directed THE WIZARD OF OZ and GONE WITH THE WIND----Published on September 12, 2009 by Anthony Palange