King Vidor (1894-1982) did many things to earn his [[MeaningfulName lofty name]]. He was [[OurFounder the founder]] of the Director's Guild of America (it started in his house) and was ThePioneer in editing, composition and large scale films. ''Film/TheBigParade'' was the BreakthroughHit for MGM studios and one of the greatest UsefulNotes/WW1 films ever made. ''Film/TheCrowd'' would be regarded as one of the masterpieces of silent cinema while ''Film/ShowPeople'' stands as one of the great comedies of the era, showcasing Marion Davies' talents, which led even Creator/OrsonWelles to lament the negative reputation that ''Film/CitizenKane'' attached to her by association with Hearst. He also took over directing duties for ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' from Victor Fleming, who went on to direct ''Film/GoneWithTheWind.'' Notably, Vidor directed the sepia tone Kansas scenes, and Dorothy's first encounter with the Scarecrow (at least the version that appears in the finished film).
Vidor however was keen on DoingItForTheArt and for regarding technical limitations as [[DareToBeBadass challenges]]. When sound arrived, when most studios were making stage bound flat films with no cinematic invention, Vidor went ahead and made ''Hallelujah'' an all-black musical shot on location in the DeepSouth with sound recorded on location. It was FairForItsDay and an incredible technical achievement. Vidor's films after that tended to alternate personal films with [[MoneyDearBoy commercial work]] and many of his personal films are still rare and underseen which means that by and large, despite being regarded as, perhaps, the world's greatest director in the 20s or mid-30s, subsequent generations has seen him decline in favor of Creator/JohnFord, Creator/HowardHawks, Orson Welles (who admired his films) and Creator/AlfredHitchcock. His film adaptation of Creator/AynRand's ''Film/TheFountainhead'' did little to win him favors either, though Vidor himself had reservations about Rand and the film is visually sophisticated. Nor did a film like ''Beyond the Forest'', which its star Creator/BetteDavis regarded as an OldShame and which darkened his reputation.
Vidor ventured into the EpicMovie with an adaptation of ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' with AudreyHepburn and ''Solomon and Sheba'' with Yul Brynner but he retired from Hollywood. Though even in retirement, he made experimental films, one of them ''Metaphor'' documented his interview with painter [[BigNameFan Andrew Wyeth]] who told the director that his film, ''Film/TheBigParade'' was the single greatest influence on his work. He published his autobiography, ''A Tree is A Tree''.
!!King Vidor films on TV Tropes:
* Film/WildOranges (1924)
* Film/TheBigParade (1925)
* Theatre/LaBoheme (1926)
* Film/TheCrowd (1928)
* Film/ShowPeople (1928)
* Film/TheChamp (1931)
* Film/StreetScene (1931)
* Film/StellaDallas (1937)
* Film/TheWizardOfOz (1939) (Kansas segments) (uncredited)
* Literature/TheFountainhead (1949)
* Literature/WarAndPeace (1956)