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The Resource On Sunset Boulevard : the life and times of Billy Wilder, by Ed Sikov

On Sunset Boulevard : the life and times of Billy Wilder, by Ed Sikov

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On Sunset Boulevard : the life and times of Billy Wilder
Title
On Sunset Boulevard
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the life and times of Billy Wilder
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by Ed Sikov
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Language
eng
Summary
Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment - Billy Wilder's cinematic legacy - is unparalleled in Hollywood history. Not only did he direct these landmark films and twenty-one others over the course of forty years in Tinseltown, he wrote all of his own screenplays. Volatile, cynical, hilarious, and supremely driven to create, Wilder arrived in Hollywood an all-but-penniless refugee who spoke no English; ten years later he was calling his own shots and directing his own scripts, and he stayed on top of the game for the next three decades. On Sunset Boulevard is the story of his rich, funny, inexhaustible, and exhilarating life
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New York Times Notable Book, 1999
Review
A highly readable biography of the creator of such film classics as Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, and Some Like It Hot. Wilder was one of Hollywood's first writers to also direct his own films, making 25 films, most of them memorable, all of them interesting, over nearly 40 years. He began professional life as a journalist in Vienna, but quickly made the move to Berlin and screenwriting. His energy, his ideas, and his comedic talents brought him ever more success until the Nazis came to power. Jewish and rightly paranoid, Wilder got out right away, eventually ending up in Hollywood. There, after a few lean years spent mastering English, he enjoyed so much success as a writer (e.g., Ninotchka) that he was able to take the then unprecedented step up to directing--it was the only way he could be sure that his scripts were shot the way he knew they should be. Wilder's aesthetic, like that of so many old-time directors, stressed an artful artlessness, a delicate subtlety that looked easy but required a master's touch: "You have to make the public forget that there's a screen. . . . If you try to be artistic or affected, you miss everything." He also refused to get locked into any one genre. While his films were always full of mordant humor and a jaundiced view of humanity, they ranged from combat movies to musicals to the social commentary of Lost Weekend. With Double Idemnity, Wilder even invented the film noir. While film journalist and sometime PBS film advisor Sikov's own efforts rarely rise above workmanlike here, his unusually detailed and astute understanding of the art and craft of directing does help. He has also assembled a wealth of Wilder's famous witticisms, gibes, and retorts. The acerbic Wilder may not have been the nicest man in Hollywood, but he's the most quotable. Worthwhile and enjoyable, though hardly definitive. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1998)
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individual biography
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Sikov, Ed
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  • illustrations
  • plates
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
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  • Wilder, Billy
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the life and times of Billy Wilder
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On Sunset Boulevard : the life and times of Billy Wilder, by Ed Sikov
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Publication
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: p. [645]-655
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [633]-643) and index
Control code
000013858823
Extent
ix, 675 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780786861941
Lccn
98023504
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ill.
Label
On Sunset Boulevard : the life and times of Billy Wilder, by Ed Sikov
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: p. [645]-655
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [633]-643) and index
Control code
000013858823
Extent
ix, 675 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780786861941
Lccn
98023504
Other physical details
ill.

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