Magazine article American Cinematographer

Robert Wise, a Bio-Bibliography

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Robert Wise, a Bio-Bibliography

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Robert Wise, a Bio-Bibliography by Frank Thompson Greenwood, library binding, 184 pps., $55

Most writers on the arts strongly favor the eccentric genius. Van Gogh wouldn't be half the critics' darling he is if he hadn't been mentally disturbed and lopped off his ear, nor would Wagner be nearly so fascinating if he hadn't been such a heel. The same applies to the creative people behind motion pictures.

How refreshing, then, to encounter a book devoted to a fine director who also happens to be a fine man! Other attributes which might mitigate against Robert Wise's inclusion in the Pantheon of Great Directors are versatility and craftsmanship (cardinal sins!), popularity, a penchant for delivering a finished product which doesn't have to be rescued (or mutilated, according to the point of view), and a substantial body of work.

As Thompson notes, Wise began in the editing department at RKO, and then directed some second units and pickups. …

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