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Posted June 3, 2014
Filmmaker Robert Wise(1914-2005)--perhaps best known for directing big-budget musicals like "The Sound of Music" and "West Side Story"--is not usually associated with Indiana. However, Gehring (Ball State University), the foremost authority on Hoosier entertainers (with previous biographies on James Dean, Carole Lombard, and Red Skelton), ably demonstrates how Wise's mid-western roots influenced his film career. Particularly thorough are the chapters on Wise's early work with Orson Welles and Val Lewton and on Wise's subsequent successes in genres as diverse as science fiction, horror, filmnoir, and war melodrama. Having written or edited more than 30 books on film, Gehring knows much about the Hollywood scene...[and] the book is a welcome addition to the literature, providing greater depth on Wise's character than either Richard Keenan's "The Films of Robert Wise"(CH,Mar'08, 45-3681)or Justin Busch's "Self and Society in the Films of Robert Wise" (CH,Feb'11 48-3166)--J.I. Deutsch, George Washington University, "Choice," the magazine of the American Library Association.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.