Arthur Hiller Biography

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Birth Name: Arthur Hiller
Born: 11/22/1923
Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, CA

No Hiller film did better at the box office than "Love Story", which is a perfect example of being in the right place at the right time. Capably directed, "Love Story" had little to distinguish it beyond its surface gloss. In fact this may be said of much of Hiller's work, though tagging it as "non-descript" may do the director disservice. Hiller gets his movies done on time, on budget, and at their best, they are fast-paced engaging affairs, but since the misfires have multiplied in later years (e.g., "Making Love" 1982, "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" 1989, "Married to It" 1991), one has to admit he has not lived up to his early promise, failing to grow beyond a yeomanly TV-like efficiency. Not only was life imitating art when he took his name off "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn" (1997), but the fight over artistic control with writer Joe Eszterhas also recalled "The Man in the Glass Booth" when writer Robert Shaw removed his name from that film protesting the finished Hiller product. He served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1997.