On Sunset Boulevard: the life and times of Billy Wilder
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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