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The Cinema of William A. Wellman: A Film Primer – CURNBLOG

How many really good movies does a director need on his résumé before you begin considering him truly great? Here are 13 by William A. Wellman.

The die, in hindsight, may have been cast in 1968, when iconic American film critic Andrew Sarris, published his iconic book “The American Cinema.” In it, he included William A. Wellman in his chapter called “Less Than Meets the Eye.” Wellman was in good company, lumped in with Billy Wilder and William Wyler among others. Perhaps Sarris had a thing about the letter “W.”

But Sarris was hardly alone in his undervaluing of the director. A more recent critic, David Thomson, who generally recognises many of Wellman’s talents, managed to write a…

Source: The Cinema of William A. Wellman: A Film Primer – CURNBLOG

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