Despite twelve best director nominations and three wins, Wyler resisted the title of "auteur," instead preferring to recognize the contribution of his collaborators. As the interviews in this book (which span from 1939 to Wyler's death in 1981) reveal, he felt the director should shape himself to the picture's needs.
In Driven, author Vincent Brook traces the role Jewishness played in the movies and sensibilities of UFA Studios figures such as Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder, and Edgar Ulmer.
Whereas many filmmakers would seek to play down the contradictions in their work, Lynch does just the opposite in this book of compiled interviews edited by Richard A. Barney.
You want an epic life story? Try Micky Moore's near-century of activity in the movie business, first as a child star in silent films, then 20 years later as an in-demand AD and second unit director for auteurs like Cecil B. DeMille, George Cukor, John Sturges, and Steven Spielberg.