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Arthur Hiller
 
Date of birth: 22 November 1923
Date of death: Alive (or unknown)
Country Of Origin: Canada
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Film Director

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   Arthur Hiller (born November 22, 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian film director.

Arthur Hiller graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947, a Master of Arts degree in psychology in 1950 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1995. Hiller began his show business career in television in the 1950's and was a successful television director before moving into films. Hiller served as President of the Director's Guild of America from .... (More...)
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Anyway, he and I worked on the script together, and I must say he was a joy to work with. Very enthusiastic.

Arthur Hiller
At that point I was given the Love Story script, which I liked even though I didn't think there was much "meat" to it.

Arthur Hiller
Do you remember a scene with Ryan and Ali playing in the snow? Well, that was improvised.

Arthur Hiller
Erich Segal had been turned down by every studio in town. But he was represented by Howard Minsky of the William Morris agency, and Howard had so much faith in the story's potential that he actually gave up his job to secure a deal for Erich.

Arthur Hiller
He originally wrote Love Story as a movie, but turned it into a novel which was published just before the film went into general release.

Arthur Hiller
Howard Minsky had gotten the script to her agent prior to my involvement.

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I thought we were making a nice little movie. That's how it was regarded by everyone else, too.

Arthur Hiller
Let's say I was satisfied. But when we showed it to the studio executives, they said, "It's good, but not as good as it might have been," or words to that effect.

Arthur Hiller
Originally the film opened with Ryan in the doctor's office, being told his wife is dying. Then we see him walking the streets, and the story is told in flashback.

Arthur Hiller
People were very fond of the project, but nobody could have - or would have - predicted how much of a phenomenon it would become.

Arthur Hiller
So I decided to move that scene in the doctor's office to two-thirds into the movie, after the viewers had come to know Ryan and Ali and share in their happiness.

Arthur Hiller
We cut a few corners and brought the picture in under budget by $25,000, so Paramount let us go back to Boston with a small crew to shoot some additional footage.

Arthur Hiller
We'd be working in our motel room through the night, and I'd come up with an idea at two in the morning, and he'd start jumping up and down, pacing across the room, or whatever.

Arthur Hiller
Well, you know, I wasn't the first choice for director. Two others had been contacted, but for various reasons didn't sign on.

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