History Creator / BillyWilder

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.
10th Nov '16 6:04:33 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'' (1944) -- The quintessential FilmNoir, starring Fred [=MacMurray=] and Barbara Stanwyck. Co-written with Creator/RaymondChandler.

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* ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'' (1944) -- The quintessential FilmNoir, starring Fred [=MacMurray=] and Barbara Stanwyck.Creator/BarbaraStanwyck. Co-written with Creator/RaymondChandler.



* ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (1950) -- A dark, cynical take on the film industry and fame, starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson.

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* ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' (1950) -- A dark, cynical take on the film industry and fame, starring William Holden Creator/WilliamHolden and Gloria Swanson.



* ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'' (1953) -- A comedy-drama about [=POW=]s in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, starring William Holden.

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* ''Film/{{Stalag 17}}'' (1953) -- A comedy-drama about [=POW=]s in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, starring William Holden.Creator/WilliamHolden.



* ''Film/LoveInTheAfternoon'' (1957) -- A romantic comedy with Creator/AudreyHepburn and Gary Cooper 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 Gary Cooper Creator/GaryCooper in a MayDecemberRomance. Wilder's first of eleven collaborations with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond.



* ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' (1966) -- A legal satire with Creator/JackLemmon as a somewhat reluctant fraud and Walter Matthau (AA Best Supporting Actor) as his opportunistic lawyer.

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* ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' (1966) -- A legal satire with Creator/JackLemmon as a somewhat reluctant fraud and Walter Matthau Creator/WalterMatthau (AA Best Supporting Actor) as his opportunistic lawyer.
15th Sep '16 3:57:26 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/TheApartment'' (1960) -- A comedy-drama with Jack Lemmon and Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, about the then-scandalous subject of adultery. Won Best Picture.

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* ''Film/TheApartment'' (1960) -- A comedy-drama with Jack Lemmon Creator/JackLemmon and Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, about the then-scandalous subject of adultery. Won Best Picture.



* ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' (1966) -- A legal satire with Jack Lemmon as a somewhat reluctant fraud and Walter Matthau (AA Best Supporting Actor) as his opportunistic lawyer.

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* ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' (1966) -- A legal satire with Jack Lemmon Creator/JackLemmon as a somewhat reluctant fraud and Walter Matthau (AA Best Supporting Actor) as his opportunistic lawyer.
9th Jul '16 7:52:57 AM freesefan
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* ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn'' (1941) -- Romance about a GreenCardMarriage. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.

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* ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn'' (1941) -- Romance about a GreenCardMarriage.CitizenshipMarriage. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.
9th Jul '16 7:51:47 AM freesefan
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* ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn'' (1941) -- Romance about a GreenCardMarriage. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.
15th Jun '16 1:39:28 PM AustinCarver13
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* MoodWhiplash: Used primarily in his comedy-drama$.

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* MoodWhiplash: Used primarily in his comedy-drama$.comedy-dramas.
15th Jun '16 1:31:02 PM AustinCarver13
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* MoodWhiplash: Used primarily in his comedy-dramas.
* PlayingAgainstType: He had a knack for casting actors in roles different from usual and succeeding, with family-friendly Fred Macmurray playing hard-boiled detectives and villains, tough guy Creator/HumphreyBogart playing a shy, soft-spoken lead in a romantic comedy and the often dramatic Creator/JamesCagney as the lead to a Cold War comedy.
* ProductionPosse: He had a regular stable of actors and crew members at his aid, including:
** Jack Lemmon (''Some Like it Hot'',''The Apartment'',''Irma LA Douce,'' ''The Fortune Cookie'', ''The Front Page'', ''Buddy Buddy'')
** Walter Matthau (''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'')
** William Holden (''Sunset Boulevard'', ''Stalag 17'')
** Creator/MarleneDietrich (''A Foreign Affair'', ''Witness for the Prosecution'')
** Fred Macmurray (''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.

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* MoodWhiplash: Used primarily in his comedy-dramas.
* PlayingAgainstType: He had a knack for casting actors in roles different from usual and succeeding, with family-friendly Fred Macmurray playing hard-boiled detectives and villains, tough guy Creator/HumphreyBogart playing a shy, soft-spoken lead in a romantic comedy and the often dramatic Creator/JamesCagney as the lead to a Cold War comedy.
* ProductionPosse: He had a regular stable of actors and crew members at his aid, including:
** Jack Lemmon (''Some Like it Hot'',''The Apartment'',''Irma LA Douce,'' ''The Fortune Cookie'', ''The Front Page'', ''Buddy Buddy'')
** Walter Matthau (''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'')
** William Holden (''Sunset Boulevard'', ''Stalag 17'')
** Creator/MarleneDietrich (''A Foreign Affair'', ''Witness for the Prosecution'')
** Fred Macmurray (''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.
comedy-drama$.
15th Jun '16 1:26:30 PM AustinCarver13
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* DeadpanSnarker: Not only could he write these to perfection, he was one in real life.



* TheMentor: Creator/ErnstLubitsch was this to him, giving him his first jobs and Wilder had a sign in his office, "What Would Lubitsch Do?", for when he had writer's block. Later in life, he was this to many filmmakers, most notably Creator/CameronCrowe, who published a whole book of his conversations with Wilder.



* PlayingAgainstType: He had a knack for casting actors in roles different from usual and succeeding, with family-friendly Fred Macmurray playing hard-boiled detectives and villains, tough guy Creator/HumphreyBogart playing a shy, soft-spoken lead in a romantic comedy and the often dramatic Creator/JamesCagney as the lead to a Cold War comedy.



** Creator/Marilyn Monroe (''The Seven Year Itch'', ''Some Like It Hot'')
** Creator/Audrey Hepburn (''Sabrina'', ''Love in the Afternoon'')

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** Creator/Marilyn Monroe Creator/MarilynMonroe (''The Seven Year Itch'', ''Some Like It Hot'')
** Creator/Audrey Hepburn Creator/AudreyHepburn (''Sabrina'', ''Love in the Afternoon'')



** Fred MacMurray (''Double Indemnity'', ''The Apartment'')
** Creator/ShirleyMacLaine (''The Apartment'', ''Irma la Douce'')

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** Fred MacMurray Macmurray (''Double Indemnity'', ''The Apartment'')
** Creator/ShirleyMacLaine (''The Apartment'', ''Irma la Douce'')Douce'')
**When it came to screenwriting, he went with Charles Brackett and I. A. L. Diamond, winning Oscars with both.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Usually a cold-hearted cynic, but defiantly has some shades if optimism.
* ScrewballComedy: One of its later day saints.
15th Jun '16 1:12:36 PM AustinCarver13
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!!Tropes associated with Billy Wilder's work include:
*GenreRoulette: Billy could go from light, breezy comedy to cold, cynical drama in an instant.
*MoodWhiplash: Used primarily in his comedy-dramas.
*ProductionPosse: He had a regular stable of actors and crew members at his aid, including:
**Jack Lemmon (''Some Like it Hot'',''The Apartment'',''Irma LA Douce,'' ''The Fortune Cookie'', ''The Front Page'', ''Buddy Buddy'')
**Walter Matthau (''The Fortune Cookie'', ''The Front Page'', ''Buddy Buddy'')
**Creator/Marilyn Monroe (''The Seven Year Itch'', ''Some Like It Hot'')
**Creator/Audrey Hepburn (''Sabrina'', ''Love in the Afternoon'')
**William Holden (''Sunset Boulevard'', ''Stalag 17'')
**Creator/MarleneDietrich (''A Foreign Affair'', ''Witness for the Prosecution'')
**Fred MacMurray (''Double Indemnity'', ''The Apartment'')
**Creator/ShirleyMacLaine (''The Apartment'', ''Irma la Douce'')
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