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Arthur Hiller obituary

Director of Love Story whose Hollywood career spanned 50 years

Arthur Hiller, who has died aged 92, was regarded as a journeyman director, but when a brilliant screenplay, such as Paddy Chayevsky’s The Hospital (1971), came his way, he created a scabrous black comedy. Similarly, when Neil Simon provided him with a witty, original script for The Out of Towners (1970), Hiller once again did it justice. These films and a dozen others stayed in the mind long after his biggest hit, the romantic drama Love Story (1970), had been subsumed into the category of guilty pleasures.

Love Story, a weepy based on the bestselling novel by Erich Segal and starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw as lovers struggling to overcome their families’ objections to their union, was the most popular film of its year, with its much-repeated catchphrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” It was nominated for seven Oscars,

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