Epilogue a Touch of Class


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:
Epilogue a Touch of Class

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Billy Wilder certainly did his part to enrich American cinema. He learned during his long career in Hollywood that a director had to work hard not just to achieve artistic independence but also to keep it. He challenged the fundamentally conformist cinema of Hollywood, bringing to his films a sophisticated middle European wit and mature view of human nature. Still, Wilder often had difficulty in securing studio backing for a project he had developed on his own. Wilder was philosophical about the ups and downs of filmmaking. The Apartment, Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot, and Sunset Boulevard were selected as four of the American motion pictures to be preserved in the permanent collection of the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as culturally, historically, and aesthetically important. He has been recognized by different sectors. Perhaps one of the most touching compliments Wilder received came from British director Stephen Frears (The Grifters): “I identify with Billy Wilder, of course. He was a man who went to Hollywood and made a very, very elaborate range of films; yet he kept his own voice”. Indeed he did.

Keywords: Billy Wilder; American cinema; Hollywood; The Apartment; Double Indemnity; Some Like It Hot; Sunset Boulevard; Stephen Frears

Chapter.  2183 words. 

Subjects: Film

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