Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

Highest Rated: 100% Ball of Fire (1941)

Lowest Rated: 44% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Birthday: Jun 22, 1906

Birthplace: Sucha, Galicia, Austria

First and foremost a writer, Billy Wilder became, by his own admission, a director in an effort to protect his scripts from directors who he felt misinterpreted his work.Wilder operated with assurance across all genres, compiling an impressive body of work featuring dialogue over character - its wit and astringent bite setting his oeuvre refreshingly apart from mainstream Hollywood fare. With the help of co-writer Raymond Chandler, he directed a masterpiece of film noir, "Double Indemnity" (1944), which he followed with "The Lost Weekend" (1945), a social drama that delivered an uncompromising look at alcoholism. After the great war drama "Stalag 17" (1953), Wilder created a variation on the comedy of manners and seduction in films such as "Sabrina" (1954) and "Love in the Afternoon" (1957), mixed black comedy and farce for "Some Like It Hot" (1959) - his most entertaining movie - and alienated Hollywood with the cruel and haunting "Sunset Boulevard" (1950). Wilder had long collaborations with writers Charles Brackett and I.A.L. Diamond, and directed his greatest achievement, "The Apartment" (1960), in partnership with the latter. Wilder lived on as one of classic Hollywood's most accomplished directors.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
65% 64% Sabrina Writer $51.6M 1995
63% 43% Buddy Buddy Director - 1981
71% 61% Fedora Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1978
64% 74% The Front Page Director,
Writer
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Indemnity Writer (Screenplay) - 1973
81% 76% Avanti! Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1972
92% 72% The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1970
96% 80% The Fortune Cookie Director,
Producer
- 1966
74% 67% Kiss Me, Stupid Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1964
76% 79% Irma La Douce Director - 1963
91% 88% One, Two, Three Director,
Producer
- 1961
93% 94% The Apartment Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1960
95% 94% Some Like It Hot Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1959
85% 75% The Spirit of St. Louis Director,
Screenwriter
- 1957
100% 95% Witness for the Prosecution Director,
Writer
- 1957
88% 78% Love in the Afternoon Director,
Producer
- 1957
87% 76% The Seven Year Itch Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1955
93% 89% Sabrina Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1954
97% 93% Stalag 17 Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1953
92% 92% Ace in the Hole Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1951
99% 95% Sunset Blvd. Director,
Writer
- 1950
100% 78% A Foreign Affair Director,
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1948
70% 44% The Emperor Waltz Director,
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1948
98% 90% The Lost Weekend Director,
Screenwriter
- 1945
No Score Yet 35% The Great Flamarion Producer - 1945
97% 95% Double Indemnity Director,
Writer
- 1944
100% 80% Five Graves to Cairo Director,
Screenwriter
- 1943
100% 83% The Major and the Minor Director - 1942
100% 89% Ball of Fire Screenwriter,
Writer (Story)
- 1941
44% 64% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Writer - 1938
No Score Yet 43% Mauvaise Graine Director,
Screenwriter
- 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue From the Sky Screenwriter - 1932
No Score Yet 83% Emil and the Detectives Screenwriter - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for His Murderer Writer (Screenplay) - 1931
100% 78% People on Sunday Writer - 1930

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