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My Place in the Sun

Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington

George Stevens, Jr. grew up on movie sets. His grandmother, aunts, uncles, and other family members were all entertainers, but it was his father, director George Stevens, Sr., who cast the longest shadow. The elder Stevens won best director Oscars for A Place in the Sun (1951) and Giant (1956) and was nominated for directing The More the Merrier (1943), Shane (1953), and The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). The younger Stevens worked by his father's side while also establishing himself as a successful television director. He learned a variety of skills from the master, including cinematography, storytelling, managing difficult actors, and maintaining artistic control over one's work. As a result of his father's position in the Screen Directors' Guild during the height of McCarthyism, Stevens also learned firsthand about freedom of artistic expression and the protection of civil rights—as well as how to navigate treacherous political waters.

In 1961, Edward R. Murrow recruited George Stevens, Jr. to head up the film and television department for the United States Information Agency, pushing him out of his father's shadow and into the work that would become his greatest legacy. Traveling to film festivals around the world as a USIA delegate, he became aware of the urgent need to promote and preserve America's film legacy and founded the American Film Institute (AFI). AFI saved thousands of movies, scouring the country for copies of forgotten or lost films that were then cataloged and deposited at the Library of Congress. Under Stevens's direction, AFI also issued grants to support the work of young independent filmmakers and established the AFI Conservancy, a school for film arts. Stevens also created the Kennedy Center Honors, a uniquely American tradition honoring the lifetime contributions of those in the performing arts.

In My Place in the Sun, George Stevens, Jr. recounts his lifelong passion for and commitment to the art of film, while providing an intimate look into the artistry of one of Hollywood's greatest directors along the way. Both an insightful history of Hollywood's Golden Age and a savvy insider's account of post–World War II Washington culture, this magnificent autobiography brings to life almost ninety years of American film history and culture.

About the Author

George Stevens, Jr. is a director, writer, and producer. He is the founder of the American Film Institute, creator of the AFI Life Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honors, and has served as cochair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. His awards and honors include seventeen Emmys, eight Writers Guild Awards, two Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize and the 2012 Honorary Academy Award. He is the author of Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at The American Film Institute.

Reviews

LISTEN: George Stevens, Jr. discusses his father's epic film, Giant (1956), on the Classic Movie Musts Podcast. Listen online here.

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