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  Billy Wilder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wilder's mother, grandmother, and stepfather all died at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Billy Wilder died in 2002 at the age of 95 after battling health problems, including cancer, in Los Angeles, California, and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.
Wilder is often confused with director William Wyler; the confusion is understandable, as both were German-speaking Jews with similar backgrounds and names.
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 Wilder, Billy - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Wilder, Billy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Wilder began his film career writing scripts in Germany and then made his debut as director in France.
He moved to the USA in 1934 and worked on a number of screenplays for director Ernst Lubitsch.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
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 Museum of the Moving Image   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Wilder's jazzy, fast-paced directorial debut, about the adventures of a young woman and a gang of car thieves, was made in France in a freewheeling style that prefigures the films of the French New Wave.
Wilder's multiple-Oscar-winning satire about sex and the workplace rat race centers on a pushover company man who lends his apartment to executives for their affair—until he falls for his boss's latest girlfriend.
Wilder's last film, and his most underrated, is a bitter and brilliantly constructed comedy with Lemmon as a would-be suicide who finds himself continually crossing paths with a professional assassin.
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 Billy Wilder
Wilder tackles the heretofor taboo subject of alcoholism in a gritty and realistic manner.
Wilder again tackles the subject of Hollywood fame with this story about a producer (Holden) who tracks down a reclusive star in an effort to convince her to return to the big screen.
One interesting aspect of Billy Wilder's career is that he not only got screenwriting credit for 100% of the movies he directed, but that he shared that credit with various writers on every single movie.
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 Obit: Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder, the irascible and cynical but lovable director, writer and producer of both antic farce and serious drama who was nominated for 21 Academy Awards and won six, has died.
Wilder came to refer to his cynical 1951 drama "Ace in the Hole," starring Kirk Douglas as a ruthless reporter, as "the runt of my litter." It marked his debut as a producer, and when it proved a box-office failure, Paramount warned Wilder that his next film had to pay the expenses for both.
Wilder was married twice--in 1936 to Judith Coppicus Iribe, with whom he had a daughter, Victoria, and whom he divorced in 1947, and in 1949 to singer-actress Audrey Young.
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 MSN Encarta - Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder (1906-2002), American motion-picture director, writer, and producer, whose best films—usually comedies—employ his distinctive dialogue to elucidate a darkly satirical view of human nature.
Wilder left Germany after Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933, and in 1934 he immigrated to the United States, later becoming a U.S. citizen.
Wilder's American directorial debut, The Major and the Minor (1942), was a success, leading to a series of impressive films made by Wilder and Brackett in the 1940s: Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), A Foreign Affair (1948), and Sunset Boulevard (1950).
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 24fps | Billy Wilder (1906-2002)
Wilder's steamroller pacing and irony-drenched plotting anticipates the cinema of the then-future (another reason his films are still as watchable as ever).
But the Viennese wiseguy Wilder also had another side, and that was his love for the Lubitsch era -- the fin-de-siecle world of the Victorians and continental Europe with its graceful courtliness and good-natured manners, the importance of appearance, the sexual restraint, and strong emphases on honor and dignity.
Wilder was probably the director most congenial to Monroe's talents, precisely because his cynical veneer enabled him to tap into her too-innocent sexual persona -- "it's only a comedy," people would say.
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 American Masters . Billy Wilder | PBS
Billy Wilder has had a powerful creative influence on both the experimental and traditional film industries in America.
Wilder briefly studied law in Vienna before obtaining a newspaper job writing interviews, crime and sports stories, and hard-hitting personal profiles.
Wilder’s career was one of the most various and successful in the business.
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 Billy Wilder >> German-Hollywood Connection
Wilder's mother nicknamed her young son “Billie” because she had seen the Buffalo Bill Wild West show as a teenager.
By the time Billie was four years old (the “Billy” spelling came after Wilder was in the U.S.), the family had a fine home in Vienna's toney First District, living both there and in Kraców until the First World War tore the old Empire apart and created hard times for the Wilders and all Austrians.
Wilder left Vienna for Berlin in 1927 at the age of 21.
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 Hollywood Legend Billy Wilder Dies - Mar 28, 2002 - E! Online News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Born Samuel Wilder in a small village 200 miles from Vienna in 1906, he was reared by a mother who loved all things American and soon began calling her son "Billy" because of the name's Yankee feel.
Wilder's screenwriting career soon took off when he teamed with Charles Brackett, a wealthy, educated man who served as a perfect foil to Wilder's energetic demeanor and sometimes off-color sense of humor.
Wilder was married twice, first to Judith Coppicus in 1936 (with whom he had twins, Victoria and Vincent, the latter dying shortly after birth), and then to Audrey Young, whom he met at Paramount Studios as his divorce to Judith was in progress.
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 Guardian Unlimited Film | News | A finale on Sunset Boulevard ... Hollywood maestro Wilder dies at 95
One was about how Wilder quipped to a woman he was pursuing romantically: "I'd worship the ground you walk on if you lived in a better neighbourhood." That was Audrey Young, who saw beneath his surface and became his second wife, and who survives his death.
He was born Samuel Wilder in Vienna in 1906, and after a stint as a newspaper crime reporter moved to Berlin where he worked as a screenwriter.
Wilder married Young, a former starlet and band singer, in 1949.
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 Billy Wilder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Directing legend Billy Wilder died yesterday, but his work will live on to inspire audiences and filmmakers around the world.
Wilder positively danced as a director moving his films with all the nimbleness of an Astaire or the energy of a Kelly.
In all, Wilder was a creative force in bringing more than a dozen terrific films to the screen amongst his more than 45 Hollywood credits.
www.filmsondisc.com /posterarchive/Billy_Wilder/billy_wilder.htm   (1036 words)

  
 Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder: Interviews follows the filmmaking career of one of Hollywood's most honored and successful writer-directors and spans over fifty years.
Wilder, born in 1906, fled from Nazi Germany and established himself in America.
A dazzling raconteur, Wilder gives the scoop on the royalty of cinema, from the maddening magic of Monroe to the uncanny empathy of frequent alter ego Lemmon.
www.upress.state.ms.us /catalog/spring2002/billy_wilder.html   (278 words)

  
 The History of Cinema. Billy Wilder: biography, reviews, links
Billy Wilder nacque a Vienna nel 1906 da agiata famiglia ebrea.
Wilder sferra più attacchi in parallelo: uno alla mitologia di cartapesta dello star system, alla ridicola imponenza dei divi, alla falsa felicità di Hollywood; l'altro al cinismo dell'americano medio, pronto ad approfittare della malattia di una ricca pazza.
Wilder fornisce uno spaccato spietato dalla vita degli impiegati piccolo borghesi che lavorano uno di fianco all'altro come galline nel pollaio (la distesa di scrivanie), vivono in brutti appartamenti e praticamente senza amici, la cui vita e` quasi interamente la vita d'ufficio.
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 billy wilder
Billy Wilder might have been born in Vienna, but American culture influenced him from the earliest days.
Billy was as restless as his namesake and left law school to become a journalist.
Billy Wilder claimed the American Dream; he was successfully playing by his own rules.
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 Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | Billy Wilder, 1906-2002
Wilder, whose talents as a director both equaled and meshed with his writing skills, leaves behind a body of work that rings with wit and sophistication; his best pictures are textbook examples of craftsmanship.
Wilder was a writer and filmmaker who knew his first and only job was to serve his audience: To delight them, to tweak them, to surprise them.
Billy Wilder's manic, magical 1959 farce is more than drag shtick and Marilyn in that amazing gown -- it's a topsy-turvy exploration of sexual desire and identity.
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 BBC News | FILM | Hollywood director Billy Wilder dies
"Billy Wilder became the premiere director of films for many, many years, and retains that title even though he hasn't made films for a long time," said Dan Olson, a long-time Hollywood publicist.
Wilder was a master storyteller, often focusing on the dark side of American life.
Wilder and his first wife, Judith, were married in 1936 and had a daughter, Judith.
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 Billy Wilder: The Chiaroscuro Artist
Wilder was born Samuel Wilder in 1906 in Sucha, a village in Galicia, an Austro-Hungarian province that is now part of Poland.
Wilder was the last surviving member of a group of similarly exiled 'magicians of the cinema' that included Fritz Lang, Max Ophüls, Otto Preminger, Douglas Sirk, Edgar Ulmer, Robert Siodmak and Fred Zinnemann.
Wilder's work has also received much criticism over the years, including the suggestion that his reputation would have been greater had he been more of a film stylist.
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 BBC News | FILM | Billy Wilder: A film legend
Billy Wilder never lost his Austrian accent, though, which he said was like a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Wilder was a cynic but also, he maintained, a principled film-maker.
Though his last film was made in 1981, Billy Wilder was still turning up to work at his Hollywood office well into his 80s: his legacy is some of Tinseltown's finest and funniest films, sophisticated, stylish and sometimes surprising.
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 Wilder, Billy on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
WILDER, BILLY [Wilder, Billy] 1906-2002, American film director, producer, and writer, b.
Award-winning director and Hollywood legend Billy Wilder dies at age 95.
Audrey L. Wilder Donates $5 Million to UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM in Honor of Her Late Husband and Film Legend Billy Wilder; The Billy Wilder Theater to Be Centerpiece of Museum's Building Project.
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 Famous Quote by Billy Wilder
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 Billy Wilder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The family moves to Vienna with the begin of World War I. Since 1925 Wilder writes sport- and crimereports for the newspaper "Die Stunde"- The Hour.
Wilders career began in Berlin; after World War II he came back to visit the city in charge of the US-military.
Billy Wilder won several Oscars und other international respected awards; a restaurant was named after him in the Filmhaus at Potsdamer Platz in 1999.
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 Reel.com: Billy Wilder, Hollywood Original
It is one of Wilder's finest comedies (indeed, one of the finest movie comedies of all time, period), a buoyant valentine that builds on Curtis' romantic pursuit of Marilyn Monroe.
Wilder closed out his career in 1981 with Buddy Buddy, a fl comedy about a hit man (Walter Matthau) and the suicidal man (Jack Lemmon, Wilder's favorite leading man once again) in the hotel room next door.
Billy Wilder's death at 95 should not be mourned, but his well-lived life and his truly brilliant career should instead be celebrated.
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 Film Noir Directors: Billy Wilder
Samuel Wilder is born to a Jewish family in Galicia, in what used to be the former Austro-Hungarian empire, now Poland.
Wilder drops Milland's character's homosexuality from the final cut, because the picture is already taking heat from a defensive liquor industry.
Wilder hires a drag queen by the name of Barbette to teach stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon their moves.
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 filmcritic.com: Heroes of filmcritic.com: Billy Wilder
In his impressive library of cinematic creations, Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was the complete filmmaker -- producer, screenwriter, and director -- able to work in various genres -- musicals, romantic comedy, courtroom drama, film noir, and mysteries.
Wilder’s dramatic films in the 1950s took on a darker tone and were offset by a series of wildly entertaining comedy vehicles.
One of Hollywood’s greatest film directors, Billy Wilder’s playful and insightful uses of the English language and his resounding images captured on celluloid decades ago will never be forgotten.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Conversations with Billy Wilder: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Conversations with Wilder, an invaluable, photo-intensive volume, is a kind of remake of Truffaut's must-read interview book Hitchcock, with Cameron Crowe in the inquisitive Truffaut role and wily 93-year-old Billy Wilder as the crafty master director.
Wilder loathed Raymond Chandler (partly because Chandler disdained James M. Cain when adapting Double Indemnity) but gives him his due as a screenwriter: Chandler could do dialogue and descriptions but he couldn't construct a scene; "He was a mess but he could write a beautiful sentence", says Wilder.
Billy Wilder is the world-famous director of Hollywood classics such as "Some Like It Hot" and "Sunset Boulevard".
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