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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.
Gene D. Phillips is professor of film history and modern literature at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of numerous books about film and film history, including Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir and Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola.
Release date Australia
December 22nd, 2009
Country of Publication
The University Press of Kentucky
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