Billy Wilder

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One Two Three is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, mostly due to James Cagney (who is fuckin' amazing). His last leading role, and his last movie for 20 years until Ragtime.

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 29 September 2003 04:50 (twenty years ago) link

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My favorite overlooked Wilder comedy is "A Foreign Affair"; Dietrich and Jean Arthur are both great in it, compensating for the unmemorable John Lund in the male lead. That he managed to apply the caustic tone to a comedy set in 1946-47 Berlin shouldn't be underestimated.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 15:33 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah, that's an excellent film.

i ask again: who can help me find a copy of ace in the hole?

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 10:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Cameron Crowe seems to go crazy over John Lund in that Billy Wilder book. Millard Mitchell has an excellent bit as a commanding officer. And I can't remember if it is actually Friedrich Holllaender playing piano when Marlene sings "Black Market" but it might be.

k/l (Ken L), Wednesday, 3 August 2005 20:33 (eighteen years ago) link

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why is this guy so underrated?

deeznuts, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 18:57 (sixteen years ago) link


I like him a lot and think he's overrated at this point! Not many Golden Age Hollywood filmmakers are as discussed, or have generated posthumous books, TV specials, etc. Hitchcock and Ford, maybe.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 20:44 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...

that list above might come in handy

first u get the flower, then u get the honey, then u get the stamen (darraghmac), Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:06 (eleven years ago) link

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I watched Love In The Afternoon tonight and what a stupid movie. Why did they cast Gary Cooper alongside Audrey Hepburn? Were grandpa playboys not creeper in the late 50's? His lines were lame compared to her's and are we suppose to believe a young clever cellist living in france has no other options than a rich aging womanizer? The more Billy Wilder films I watch the less he impresses me. I'm beginning to think Ace In The Hole and maybe the Apartment are the only films I really enjoy of his. This film really pissed me off, almost as much as Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Both are stupid aging male fantasies clumsily getting the younger smarter woman. What a crock of shit.

JacobSanders, Monday, 4 November 2013 07:29 (ten years ago) link

down boy down

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 November 2013 08:04 (ten years ago) link

Fwiw, the Cooper part in LITA was supposed to be played by Cary Grant (who was also old, but not as decrepit looking as Cooper).

A Made Man In The Mellow Mafia (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 4 November 2013 21:26 (ten years ago) link

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The new Harper’s has something of his about being a taxi dancer from an upcoming collection of his writing.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 January 2021 22:42 (three years ago) link

Rave reviews of the new book from Molly Haskell and J. Hoberman and some others with whom I am not familiar.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 January 2021 23:00 (three years ago) link

Oh, this must be drawing from the same well of journalistic writing that I had a German-language anthology from? Those are great.

One of my fav moments is when he profiles an American businessman and states that "only an American could enjoy drinking this strange 'coca cola'", foreshadowing for 123.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:53 (three years ago) link


Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:17 (three years ago) link

one year passes...
Check out the Saul Bass poster!

Farewell to Evening in Paradise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 January 2023 15:36 (one year ago) link

Found the Coca-Cola thing, I think. Very funny.

Farewell to Evening in Paradise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 January 2023 19:00 (one year ago) link

“Hello, Mr. Menjou?”


W. R. Wilkerson drinks Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola, which tastes like burned tires. But it is said to be very refreshing. W. R. Wilkerson is in love with Coca-Cola. He is now on his fourth glass. When someone is in love with Coca-Cola, you can bet your last pair of pants, with wonderful odds, that this fan is an American. And if he pours four glasses into himself at once, he is surely a tired American.

Farewell to Evening in Paradise (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 January 2023 19:10 (one year ago) link

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