TV Movie | | Documentary, Biography
Henry Fonda hosts this retrospective on the career and films of iconic filmmaker David O. Selznick, who epitomized the era of the auteur producer in the 30s and 40s.
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This documentary caused quite a stir in 1969 because it marked the first time MGM, who had acquired the distribution rights from Selznick in the 40s, would allow footage from the 1939 classic to be broadcast on TV.
When I arrived in America about 25 or more years ago, uh, I did receive a, uh, memo from, uh, Selznick. Well, I've just finished reading it, and I, uh, think it would make a good film. In fact, I'm inclined to call it "The Longest Story Ever Told."
Footage showing Selznick with Victor Fleming is described as the producer making preparations for filming. The film was prepared by Selznick in collaboration with director George Cukor, not Fleming, who was working on "The Wizard of Oz" at the time. Fleming did not come on board the production until after filmimg had started and Cukor withdrew from the film.
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