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Sunday, May 16, 2004
 
BILLY WILDER



One of the greatest film directors, Billy Wilder died in 2002, at the ripe age of 95. I have already done a post on Sunset Boulevard, one of my personal favorite movies. Now let's look at Wilder and three more films in greater depth.

Here is a good overview of Wilder and his work..

An interview with the great man himself..

A tribute by Bright Lights magazine..



Double Indemnity, based on a novel by the king of 'hardboiled' writers, James Cain, is a towering classic of film noir..



"Lost Weekend" , and adaptation of Charles Jackson's novel,
is one of the greatest films about alcoholism ever made..

Read the script here..

Wilder was not all dark visions, however. He also directed some of the most hilarious comedies ever made. My favorite is 'Some Like It Hot' , which features Marilyn Monroe, as well as Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as a crossdressing pair of gangsters on the run from mob boss George Raft..

Another review, and the script..

Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.
Billy Wilder

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