History Creator / BillyWilder

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.
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.
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