History Creator / BillyWilder

11th Feb '18 12:21:31 PM costanton11
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* PlayingAgainstType: He had a knack for casting actors in roles different from usual and succeeding, with family-friendly Creator/FredMacMurray playing [[Film/DoubleIndemnity hard-boiled detectives]] and [[Film/TheApartment villians]], tough guy Creator/HumphreyBogart playing opposite Creator/AudreyHepburn in a [[{{Film/Sabrina}} romantic comedy]] and the often dramatic Creator/JamesCagney as the lead of [[Film/OneTwoThree a silly Cold War farce]].
* ProductionPosse: He had a regular stable of actors and crew members at his aid, including:
** Creator/JackLemmon (''Some Like it Hot'', ''The Apartment'', ''Irma la Douce,'' ''The Fortune Cookie'', ''The Front Page'', ''Buddy Buddy'')
** Creator/WalterMatthau (''The Fortune Cookie'', ''The Front Page'', ''Buddy Buddy'')
** Creator/MarilynMonroe (''The Seven Year Itch'', ''Some Like It Hot'')
** Creator/AudreyHepburn (''Sabrina'', ''Love in the Afternoon'')
** Creator/WilliamHolden (''Sunset Boulevard'', ''Stalag 17'', ''Sabrina'')
** Creator/MarleneDietrich (''A Foreign Affair'', ''Witness for the Prosecution'')
** Creator/FredMacMurray (''Double Indemnity'', ''The Apartment'')
** Creator/ShirleyMacLaine (''The Apartment'', ''Irma la Douce'')
** When it came to screenwriting, he went with Charles Brackett and I. A. L. Diamond, winning Oscars with both.
15th Jan '18 5:15:40 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Midnight|1939}}'' (1939) -- A ScrewballComedy retelling of Cinderella, with Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor. Directed by Creator/MitchellLeisen.

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* ''Film/{{Midnight|1939}}'' (1939) -- A ScrewballComedy retelling of Cinderella, with Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Creator/JohnBarrymore, and Mary Astor. Directed by Creator/MitchellLeisen.
20th Nov '17 3:58:56 PM XFllo
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* ''Film/LoveInTheAfternoon'' (1957) -- A romantic comedy with Creator/AudreyHepburn and Creator/GaryCooper in a MayDecemberRomance. Wilder's first of eleven collaborations with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond.

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* ''Film/LoveInTheAfternoon'' (1957) -- A romantic comedy with Creator/AudreyHepburn and Creator/GaryCooper in a MayDecemberRomance.Creator/GaryCooper. Wilder's first of eleven collaborations with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond.
17th Nov '17 3:29:11 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'' (1944) -- The quintessential FilmNoir, starring Fred [=MacMurray=] and Creator/BarbaraStanwyck. Co-written with Creator/RaymondChandler.

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* ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'' (1944) -- The quintessential FilmNoir, starring Fred [=MacMurray=] Creator/FredMacMurray and Creator/BarbaraStanwyck. Co-written with Creator/RaymondChandler.
28th Oct '17 5:44:15 PM Mdumas43073
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14th Oct '17 10:36:38 AM dlchen145
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Billy Wilder (19062002) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, regarded as one of the greatest and most versatile filmmakers of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood.

He was born as Samuel Wilder in Sucha, Galicia, now part of Poland, but at that time, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the early '30s, he worked as a screenwriter for German films under the name "Billie Wilder", but after [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] came to power, he emigrated to the United States, because of his Jewish ancestry. He continued his career as a screenwriter there, further changing his name to "Billy Wilder". He directed his first American movie, ''Film/TheMajorAndTheMinor,'' in 1942, and followed it with a string of critical and commercial hits until the '60s. Wilder equally excelled in dark, cynical [[FilmNoir noir]] dramas and satires or light [[RomanticComedy romantic comedies]]. He co-wrote all of his films, and won six UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, two for Best Director, three for Best Writing, and one for Best Picture.

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Billy Samuel "Billy" Wilder (19062002) (June 22, 1906 March 27, 2002) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, regarded as one of the greatest and most versatile filmmakers of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood.

He was born as Samuel Wilder in Sucha, Galicia, now part of Poland, but at that time, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the early '30s, he worked as a screenwriter for German films under the name "Billie Wilder", but after [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] came to power, he emigrated to the United States, because of his Jewish ancestry. He continued his career as a screenwriter there, further changing his name to "Billy Wilder". He directed his first American movie, ''Film/TheMajorAndTheMinor,'' in 1942, and followed it with a string of critical and commercial hits until the '60s. Wilder equally excelled in dark, cynical [[FilmNoir noir]] dramas and satires or light [[RomanticComedy romantic comedies]]. He co-wrote all of his films, and won six UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, two for Best Director, three for Best Writing, and one for Best Picture.
3rd May '17 7:50:54 AM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{Midnight|1939}}'' (1939) -- A ScrewballComedy retelling of Cinderella, with Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.

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* ''Film/{{Midnight|1939}}'' (1939) -- A ScrewballComedy retelling of Cinderella, with Creator/ClaudetteColbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.Creator/MitchellLeisen.



* ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn'' (1941) -- Romance about a CitizenshipMarriage. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.

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* ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn'' (1941) -- Romance about a CitizenshipMarriage. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.
Creator/MitchellLeisen.
17th Feb '17 10:06:48 AM BadSplice
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Usually a cold-hearted cynic, but defiantly has some shades if optimism.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Usually a cold-hearted cynic, but defiantly has definitely had some shades if of optimism.
27th Nov '16 3:44:35 PM eroock
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* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' (1959) -- A classic comedy, again starring Creator/MarilynMonroe, with Tony Curtis and Creator/JackLemmon.

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* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' (1959) -- A classic comedy, again starring Creator/MarilynMonroe, with Tony Curtis Creator/TonyCurtis and Creator/JackLemmon.
15th Nov '16 3:27:54 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/TheMajorAndTheMinor'' (1942) -- As noted, his directorial debut in America.

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* ''Film/TheMajorAndTheMinor'' (1942) -- As noted, his directorial debut in America. Stars Creator/GingerRogers and Creator/RayMilland.



* ''Film/TheLostWeekend'' (1945) -- The first Hollywood movie that portrayed alcoholism dramatically, starring Ray Milland. Won Best Picture.

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* ''Film/TheLostWeekend'' (1945) -- The first Hollywood movie that portrayed alcoholism dramatically, starring Ray Milland.Creator/RayMilland. Won Best Picture.
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