Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

June 22, 1906
Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Billy Wilder (22 June 1906 – 27 March 2002) was an Austria/Hungarian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people who have won Academy Awards as producer, director, and writer for the same film (The Apartment).

Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin. After the rise of Adolf Hitler, Wilder, who was Jewish, left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut. He relocated to Hollywood in 1933, and in 1939 he had a hit as a co-writer of the screenplay to the screwball comedy Ninotchka. Wilder established his directorial reputation after helming Double Indemnity (1944), a film noir he co-wrote with mystery novelist Raymond Chandler. Wilder earned the Best Director and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for the adaptation of a Charles R. Jackson story The Lost Weekend, about alcoholism. In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Sunset Boulevard.

From the mid-1950s on, Wilder made mostly comedies. Among the classics Wilder created in this period are the farces The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Some Like It Hot (1959), satires such as The Apartment (1960), and the romantic comedy Sabrina (1954). He directed fourteen different actors in Oscar-nominated performances. Wilder was recognized with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1986. In 1988, Wilder was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Wilder holds a significant place in the history of Hollywood censorship for expanding the range of acceptable subject matter.

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60%
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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

 
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83%
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82%
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73%
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40%
1 votes

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73%
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77%
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80%
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72%
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81%
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81%
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82%
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87%
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82%
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60%
1 votes

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83%
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83%
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82%
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80%
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Screenplay
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78%
12 votes

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NR
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NR
0 votes

Arise, My Love (1940)

Screenplay
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82%
26 votes

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Screenplay
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85%
4 votes

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Screenplay
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57%
3 votes

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Screenplay
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NR
0 votes

Emil and the Detective (1935)

Screenplay
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40%
1 votes

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Screenplay
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NR
0 votes

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Screenplay
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40%
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Screenplay
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73%
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73%
9 votes

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77%
15 votes

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Irma la Douce (1963)
80%
28 votes

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83%
24 votes

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83%
230 votes

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84%
476 votes

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72%
64 votes

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81%
112 votes

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Stalag 17 (1953)
81%
61 votes

Stalag 17 (1953)

 
Ace in the Hole (1951)
82%
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Ace in the Hole (1951)

 
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