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Nationally known film historian Wes D. Gehring explores Wise's life from his days in the Hoosier State to the beginning of his movie career at RKO studios working as the editor Orson Welles's classic Citizen Kane. Wise is best known for producing and directing two of the most memorable movie musicals in cinema history, West Side Story ( codirector Jerome Robbins) and The S Nationally known film historian Wes D. Gehring explores Wise's life from his days in the Hoosier State to the beginning of his movie career at RKO studios working as the editor Orson Welles's classic Citizen Kane. Wise is best known for producing and directing two of the most memorable movie musicals in cinema history, West Side Story ( codirector Jerome Robbins) and The Sound of Music, for which he won four Academy Awards - two Best Picture and Best Directors Oscars. But, as Gehring notes, other then Howard Hawks, Wise was arguably Hollywood's most versatile director of various celebrated genre films.


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Nationally known film historian Wes D. Gehring explores Wise's life from his days in the Hoosier State to the beginning of his movie career at RKO studios working as the editor Orson Welles's classic Citizen Kane. Wise is best known for producing and directing two of the most memorable movie musicals in cinema history, West Side Story ( codirector Jerome Robbins) and The S Nationally known film historian Wes D. Gehring explores Wise's life from his days in the Hoosier State to the beginning of his movie career at RKO studios working as the editor Orson Welles's classic Citizen Kane. Wise is best known for producing and directing two of the most memorable movie musicals in cinema history, West Side Story ( codirector Jerome Robbins) and The Sound of Music, for which he won four Academy Awards - two Best Picture and Best Directors Oscars. But, as Gehring notes, other then Howard Hawks, Wise was arguably Hollywood's most versatile director of various celebrated genre films.

8 review for Robert Wise: Shadowlands

  1. 4 out of 5

    C Garrett

    Filmmaker Robert Wise(1914-2005)--perhaps best known for directing big-budget musicals like "The Sound of Music" and "West Side Story"--is not usually associated with Indiana. However, Gehring (Ball State University), the foremost authority on Hoosier entertainers (with previous biographies on James Dean, Carole Lombard, and Red Skelton), ably demonstrates how Wise's mid-western roots influenced his film career. Particularly thorough are the chapters on Wise's early work with Orson Welles and Va Filmmaker Robert Wise(1914-2005)--perhaps best known for directing big-budget musicals like "The Sound of Music" and "West Side Story"--is not usually associated with Indiana. However, Gehring (Ball State University), the foremost authority on Hoosier entertainers (with previous biographies on James Dean, Carole Lombard, and Red Skelton), ably demonstrates how Wise's mid-western roots influenced his film career. Particularly thorough are the chapters on Wise's early work with Orson Welles and Val Lewton and on Wise's subsequent successes in genres as diverse as science fiction, horror, filmnoir, and war melodrama. Having written or edited more than 30 books on film, Gehring knows much about the Hollywood scene...[and] the book is a welcome addition to the literature, providing greater depth on Wise's character than either Richard Keenan's "The Films of Robert Wise"(CH,Mar'08, 45-3681)or Justin Busch's "Self and Society in the Films of Robert Wise" (CH,Feb'11 48-3166)--J.I. Deutsch, George Washington University, "Choice," the magazine of the American Library Association.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Comprehensive overview of Wise's career, with some excellent insight into the ongoing themes of his work. This book developed a much richer appreciation for a director I already admired greatly. Comprehensive overview of Wise's career, with some excellent insight into the ongoing themes of his work. This book developed a much richer appreciation for a director I already admired greatly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul Anderson

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zach Mcintyre

  5. 4 out of 5

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Diego Papic

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia

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