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“Robert Wise remains one of the great architects of American movies of this last century; the steady, easy personality, hiding a will of steel that allowed him to guide his movies with a hand of knowledge, and authority, and soar in every single genre he undertook.  With one of the most wide-ranging careers of any filmmaker ever, J.R. Jordan’s book more than does Robert Wise justice in critically assessing his incredibly versatile work, as well as honoring the man who quietly created some of the finest and most famous movies of all time.”

- C. Courtney Joyner

Author of The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers, and Producers


“Meticulous research by J.R. Jordan makes this a thorough study of director Robert Wise, which classic film fans will appreciate.  Jordan examines the body of Wise’s work in a film-by-film journey, his information woven neatly with interviews of participants providing the voices.  They are the soundtrack, and Jordan’s careful presentation of the material is the long tracking shot that lures us into a sudden, sharp, and breathtaking close-up, echoing the director’s own careful craftsmanship.”

- Jacqueline T. Lynch

Author of Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.


“With this extremely readable volume film historian J.R. Jordan gives us a rigorous examination of Robert Wise’s career and contributions to American cinema.  Wise often goes underappreciated but Jordan does this pioneer justice.  Jordan’s prose is accessible and uncompromising at once.  This book is a must read for anyone who appreciates the gift of cinema to humanity.”

- Tony Kashani

Author of Movies Change Lives: Pedagogy of Constructive Humanistic Transformation Through Cinema (Minding the Media)


About the Author:

J.R. Jordan is a motion picture historian and is also the author of Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle.

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