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Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master

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Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, Michael Sragow

Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Michael Sragow
publisher:
Pantheon
genre:
Biography, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

You’d think the guy who directed ?both Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz — by any measure, two of Hollywood’s greatest — would be a household-name legend himself.? And Fleming may yet become one, if you read Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, Michael Sragow’s enthralling biographical adventure story of him as a hunting, gambling, motorcycling, womanizing aviator and man’s man. Fleming was capable of sensitivity (guarding a vulnerable Judy Garland through the long, difficult Oz shoot) and invigorating coarseness (when he thought the Wind actors were performing too stagily, he’d yell, ”Ham it up!”). Chock-full of insider anecdotes and lively scholarship, the book is a blockbuster of its own. A