Biography of director George Stevens, by his son, that includes clips from many of his films with commentary by many actors and directors. Assigned by Dwight D. Eisenhower to film the war in Europe, Stevens used the opportunity to produce, at the same time, the only color footage ever shot in World War II.
Also includes: Stevens' war "home movies," found only after his death; breathtaking film of D-Day and its aftermath; the triumphal march through Paris of the Allied liberators; and the unspeakable horrors of Dachau.
This is what Goya might have done with a movie camera.
On a more mundane level is a segment on Cecil B. DeMille's 1950 underhanded attempt to oust Joseph L. Mankiewicz, then president, from the Directors' Guild, which Stevens was instrumental in blocking. Depicts George Stevens' 40-year Hollywood career, working first as a gag writer for Laurel and Hardy, and later directing westerns, slapstick comedies, musicals, sophisticated comedies, romantic dramas and even a biblical epic.
1985 - George Stevens, Jr., George Stevens Productions
Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Frank Capra, Katharine Hepburn, John Huston, Ginger Rogers, Alan Pakula