Saturday, November 14, 2009

Billy Wilder made great movies in three languages

Billy Wilder made great movies in three languages. Born in what is now Poland of Jewish heritage, Wilder was directing films in Germany when Hitler came to power. He fled to Paris, directed films there, and eventually landed in America without knowing a word of English – yet promptly became one of the most successful directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. His films are marked with wit, cynicism, irony and comedy that ranges from biting to effervescent. Above all, Billy Wilder’s films are richly entertaining. For comic fluff, see Some like it Hot or The Seven-Year Itch, both with Marilyn Monroe. For great film noir, don’t miss Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity.

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