Chapter

From Berlin to Hollywood

GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125701
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0001
From Berlin to Hollywood

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Billy Wilder is an energetic, articulate man, which began his career in films many years ago in Berlin by writing film scripts, most notably for a semidocumentary called People on Sunday (1929). After he migrated to Hollywood in the 1930s in the wake of the rise of Hitler, Wilder continued his career as a scriptwriter for such major directors as Ernst Lubitsch. The early years of Wilder is specifically discussed. He became a film apprentice in Berlin. Wilder worked on close to fifty scripts for silent pictures from 1927 to 1929, receiving twenty-five to fifty dollars per script. When Hitler officially became chancellor in January 1933, Wilder realized his days in Berlin were numbered. Wilder was very much aware that, as a Jew, he had no future in Germany. He then opted to emigrate to France and became a Hollywood immigrant. The screenplays described here include Der Teufelsreporter (1929), Menschen am Sonntag (1929), and Mauvaise graine (1933).

Keywords: Billy Wilder; Berlin; Hollywood; France; Der Teufelsreporter; Menschen am Sonntag; Mauvaise graine

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Subjects: Film

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