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Thursday, August 18, 2016
ARTHUR HILLER R.I.P.
Arthur Hiller was famous for directing a lot of films, foremost LOVE STORY, but I will always admire him most for directing a too often overlooked film that is one of my personal classics and believe should be studied by anyone interested in the art and history of filmmaking: THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY. The film's simple story, tight plot, minimal theatricality gives it the feel of an "indie" rather than the Hollywood production it was. Maybe that was because its star, James Garner, and director Hiller, were such humble and unpretentious people. Hiller was 92 so though he will be missed by family, friends and fans (like me) there's no reason to mourn his passing, he had a long life well lived.