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Happy Birthday, Billy Wilder

Billy and Audrey Wilder I love him for his humor, his realistic (cynical) view of human beings (Ace in the Hole: PROPHETIC), his versatility (noirs, melodramas, war movies, comedies). Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, The … Continue reading

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The Books: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, ‘It Happened on Sunset’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays In this 1995 essay for Vanity Fair, about the history of Sunset Boulevard, Hitchens gives Joan Didion a run for her money in delving into the history (social, cultural, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s Tips for Writers 1. The audience is fickle. 2. Grab ’em by the throat and never let ’em go. 3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character. 4. Know where you’re going. 5. The more … Continue reading

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“Audrey Wilder’s Recipe for the Perfect Martini”

(as told to Cameron Crowe, in his book-length interview with Audrey’s husband, Billy Wilder:) “I use a bitters bottle … and I do it by eye. I pour enough vodka for one or two martinis, then add the vermouth. These … Continue reading

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Francois Truffaut on Sgt. J.J. Sefton in Stalag 17

This is, perhaps, the best analysis of that character, played by William Holden, that I have ever read. Sefton is intelligent; that’s why he acts as he does. For the first time in films the philosophy of the solitary man … Continue reading

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I Love This Shot

(I do not post this in any way to comment on the character of my OWN weekend, which has not been “lost” in any way … I just loved Billy Wilder’s choice here.)

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The Books: “Goldwyn: A Biography” (A. Scott Berg)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Goldwyn: A Biography, by A. Scott Berg I made a mistake and skipped ahead to “Grant” ahead of “Goldwyn” and now must go back. It would have haunted me otherwise. I have a ton of … Continue reading

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Seeing Stalag 17 On the Big Screen:

Tonight I joined up with my cousin Liam (full of frenzy about War and Peace – he’s about 100 pages ahead of me and his book has MAPS and lists of characters and I am tremendously envious of that), his … Continue reading

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Sunset Boulevard Chairs

I love how “Script” and “Dialogue” have their own chairs, along with all those giants.

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Holden’s Death Scene In Sunset Boulevard:

Holden has to be shot three times – stagger forward – turn back – turn the other way – be shot one last time and fall face first into the pool. One take. That takes not only acting chops and … Continue reading

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