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As a restless young man early in World War I, William A. Wellman joined the French Foreign Legion, and then became an ace American pilot with the famed Lafayette Escadrille. After being shot down and suffering grave injuries, the war hero returned to civilian life in Hollywood in the 1920s, soon becoming known as Wild Bill for his maverick perspective and two-fisted approach to directing. As the excellent documentary Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick details, Wellman's insistence on realistic filmmaking resulted in the still-breathtaking aerial choreography in his breakthrough film, 1927's Wings, the very first Best Picture Oscar Winner. His other films, especially war pictures such as The Story of G.I. Joe, Beau Geste, and Battleground, display equal parts authenticity, grit, and humanity. Wellman also broke out of war-picture confines to have huge success with films such as A Star Is Born (for which he won his only Oscar, for co-writing the script), the screwball comedy Nothing Sacred (both available on DVD and Blu-ray from Kino Classics), and the meditative antilynching drama The Ox-Bow Incident. Wild Bill traces Wellman's extraordinary career, highlighted by interviews with such varied Wellman stars as Robert Mitchum, Buddy Rogers, Burgess Meredith, Clint Eastwood, and Nancy Davis Reagan. Fans of Hollywood history and film in general won't want to miss this fascinating portrait of a true iconoclast. NARRATED BY ALEC BALDWIN (NBC s ''30 Rock'', The Departed, The Hunt For Red October, Rock of Ages). First time ever on DVD!
Wild Bill does not chronicle Hickok or even Lumbergh, rather it is the amazing, hard to believe life of one of Hollywood's underrated directors, featuring contributions from the 1%... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Colten
This came as a surprise to me. I found out about this video by watching "NIGHT OF THE HUNTER" (the black & white movie Wild Bill shot for Warner Bros with Robert Mitchum,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by JB
One of cinema's "forgotten" mavericks, William A. Wellman gets loving treatment by Todd Robinson in this very good documentary about this fine director. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anthony McGill