Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

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University Press of Kentucky, Feb 5, 2010 - Performing Arts - 464 pages
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One of the most accomplished writers and directors of classic Hollywood, Billy Wilder (1906Š2002) directed numerous acclaimed films, including Sunset Boulevard (1950), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), and Some Like It Hot (1959). Featuring Gene D. PhillipsÕs unique, in-depth critical approach, Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder provides a groundbreaking overview of a filmmaking icon. Wilder began his career as a screenwriter in Berlin but, because of his Jewish heritage, sought refuge in America when Germany came under Nazi control. Making fast connections in Hollywood, Wilder immediately made the jump from screenwriter to director. His classic films Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Double Indemnity (1945), and The Lost Weekend (1945) earned Academy Awards for best picture, director, and screenplay. During the 1960s, Wilder continued to direct and produce controversial comedies, including Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) and The Apartment (1960), which won Oscars for best picture and director. This definitive biography reveals that Wilder was, and remains, one of the most influential directors in filmmaking.

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1 From Berlin to Hollywood
2 Champagne and Tears
3 New Directions
4 The Rise of Film Noir
5 Through a Glass Darkly
6 Wunderbar
12 The Gangs All Here
13 Love on the Dole
14 Love on the Run
15 Grifters
16 The Games Afoot
17 The Perfect Blendship
18 Twilight Years

7 Dark Windows
8 Barbed Wire Satire
9 Fascination
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10 Light Up the Sky
11 Remains to Be Seen

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Gene D. Phillips is author of Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir and Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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