By Jon Tuska
This aptly titled study of the careers of eight prominent Hollywood directors is based on personal acquaintance and interviews conducted over a period of several years as well as on scholarly research. In each case, Tuska presents a study of the artist in terms of his creations, surrounding the chronology of his work in film with an appraisal of it and an informal portrait. The directors were chosen because their careers parallel the development and growth of the motion picture industry. Detailed filmographies, a bibliography, and index complete the work, and a photo section provides a graphic dimension to the "portraits."