On Sunset Boulevard: the life and times of Billy Wilder

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Hyperion, Nov 23, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 675 pages
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Billy Wilder's cinematic legacy is unparalleled. Not only did he direct landmark films, he wrote all of his own screenplays. Volatile, cynical, hilarious, and driven, Wilder arrived in Hollywood an all-but-penniless refugee who spoke no English; ten years later he was calling his own shots, and he stayed on top of the game for the next three decades. Wilder battled with Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, and Peter Sellers; kept closer friendships with Holden, Audrey Hepburn; amassed a personal fortune by way of blockbuster films and shrewd investments in art; won Oscars. 'On Sunset Bouleveard' traces the course of Wilder's turbulent but fabulous life. You're not just behind the scenes - you're on the scene, from Viennese cafés and Berlin dance halls in the twenties to Hollywood soundstages of the forties and the on-locations shoots of the fifties and sixties. Crammed with Wilder's own caustic wit, 'On Sunset Boulevard' is the story of one of cinema's most brilliant and prolific talents.

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In terms of biographies, I prefer to look at the subject's life through the filter of an historic event or what the person is best known for in context. So A Team of Rivals is good; The "life and ... Read full review

Contents

From Krakow to Vienna
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Daredevil Reporter
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Just a Gigolo
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Copyright

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Film critic Ed Sikov is the author of the critically acclaimed "On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder "and "Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers," He has taught at Columbia University, Haverford College, and Colorado College, and lives in New York.

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