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The man who assembled the remarkable documentary George Stevens: A Filmaker's Journey had the benefit of knowing the subject intimately: the film was written, produced and directed by George Stevens Jr. Utilizing pristine-quality filmclips and interviews, Stevens Jr. details Stevens Sr.'s rise from silent-film cameraman to one of the top producer/directors in Hollywood. We are treated to snippets of Stevens' camerawork on the Laurel and Hardy films at Hal Roach Studios, then we are transported to his salad days as a feature director at RKO. Among the films highlighted from this first chapter of Stevens' directorial life are George Stevens Jr (1935), George Stevens Jr (1936) and George Stevens Jr (1939) (one would like to have heard a bit more background info concerning Stevens' Wheeler and Woolsey comedies). Next we find Stevens as an autonomous entity at Columbia Pictures, producing and directing such classics as George Stevens Jr (1943). The war years are thoroughly covered via Stevens' vivid color footage of the invasion of Europe. The last stages of Stevens' Hollywood career is traced through generous portions of George Stevens Jr (1951), George Stevens Jr (1953), George Stevens Jr (1956) and George Stevens Jr (1959). The many interviewees include Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Warren Beatty. As an added filip, Warren Beatty includes rare home-movie sequences showing George Stevens at home and at work--all filmed with as much care and professionalism as Stevens' "mainstream" pictures. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

George Stevens, Jr.
as Narrator
George Stevens
as Himself
Montgomery Clift
Brandon de Wilde
Fred Astaire
as Himself
James Dean
Cary Grant
as Himself
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
as Himself
Katharine Hepburn
as Herself
Rock Hudson
as Himself
Sam Jaffe
as Himself
Jean Arthur
as Herself
Fred MacMurray
as Himself
Jack Palance
as Himself
Joel McCrea
as Himself
Ginger Rogers
as Herself
Elizabeth Taylor
as Herself
Spencer Tracy
Max von Sydow
as Himself
Shelley Winters
as Herself
Warren Beatty
as Himself
Frank Capra
as Himself
John Huston
as Himself
Rouben Mamoulian
as Himself
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
as Himself
Alan J. Pakula
as Himself
Fred Zinnemann
as Himself
Pandro S. Berman
as Himself
Hermes Pan
as Himself
Ivan Moffat
as Himself
Hal Roach
as Himself
Jack Sher
as Himself
Millie Perkins
as Herself
Alan Ladd

Crew

George Stevens, Jr.
Director
George Stevens, Jr.
Producer
George Stevens, Jr.
Screenwriter
Tom Hurwitz
Cinematographer
Don Lenzer
Cinematographer
Juan Ruiz-Anchia
Cinematographer
Harrison Engle
Cinematographer
Susan Winslow
Co-producer
Susan Winslow
Sound Editor
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