in about 100 words or less
UK 95m, Colour, B&W
Director: Todd Robinson; Narrator: Alec Baldwin
Wild Bill is an excellent documentary about director William Wellman who was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most important films. A veteran pilot of the First World War, Wellman initially became known for his incredible technical work in Wings (1927) and later for films such as The Public Enemy (1931), A Star is Born (1937) and The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). Containing a who’s-who of film greats reminiscing about Wellman’s talents as filmmaker and his run-ins with studio heads, “Wild Bill” is a fitting tribute to a legendary character and one of Hollywood’s most important, but surprisingly lesser remembered directors (Klaus Ming January 2015).