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One of the most accomplished writers and directors of classic Hollywood, Billy Wilder (1906–2002) 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. Phillips’s 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. From Berlin to Hollywood: The Early Screenplays
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Champagne and Tears: Ninotchka, Midnight, and Ball of Fire
  2. pp. 19-31
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  1. 3. New Directions: The Major and the Minor and Five Graves to Cairo
  2. pp. 33-51
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  1. 4. The Rise of Film Noir: Double Indemnity
  2. pp. 53-70
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  1. 5. Through a Glass Darkly: The Lost Weekend and Die Todesm
  2. pp. 71-87
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  1. 6. Wunderbar: The Emperor Waltz and A Foreign Affair
  2. pp. 89-107
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  1. 7. Dark Windows: Sunset Boulevard
  2. pp. 109-127
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  1. 8. Barbed Wire Satire: Ace in the Hole and Stalag 17
  2. pp. 129-152
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  1. 9. Fascination: Sabrina and The Seven Year Itch [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 153-175
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  1. 10. Light Up the Sky: The Spirit of St. Louis and Love in the Afternoon
  2. pp. 177-196
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  1. 11. Remains to Be Seen: Witness for the Prosecution
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. 12. The Gang’s All Here: Some Like It Hot
  2. pp. 211-230
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  1. 13. Love on the Dole: The Apartment
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. 14. Love on the Run: One, Two, Three and Irma la Douce
  2. pp. 247-268
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  1. 15. Grifters: Kiss Me, Stupid and The Fortune Cookie
  2. pp. 269-291
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  1. 16. The Game’s Afoot: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
  2. pp. 293-305
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  1. 17. The Perfect Blendship: The Front Page and Avanti!
  2. pp. 307-322
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  1. 18. Twilight Years: Fedora and Buddy Buddy
  2. pp. 323-339
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 341-345
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 347-365
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 367-408
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 409-416
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813173672
Related ISBN
9780813125701
MARC Record
OCLC
646068674
Pages
464
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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