Billy Wilder, American Film Realist

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2004 - Performing Arts - 172 pages
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The films of Billy Wilder, from Double Indemnity to Some Like It Hot, are American classics created by a brilliant Austrian in love with his newfound country. This is a re-examination of the key American films of Wilder, often challenging previous readings of his filmmaking style and personality, emphasizing the pop-cultural, film-historical, and sociohistorical content of well known films like Sunset Boulevard and less frequently remembered ones, like The Fortune Cookie. The book interprets Wilder as more than the "cocky little Viennese" or "closet Romantic" stereotypes often attached to him. Here the student will find provocative analysis and the enthusiast will find evocative commentary on one of the most important figures in American film. Photographs add to the text, and a complete filmography and bibliography are also included. Fully indexed.
  

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Contents

The Major and the Minor
17
77ie Losf Weekend
36
Ace in fie Hoe
53
Stalagl7
70
Some Like It Hot
88
Kiss Me Stupid
108
The Front Page
124
Filmography
137
Bibliography
153
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Richard Armstrong teaches film studies at Cambridge University and is an associate tutor affiliated with the British Film Institute. He lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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