On Sunset Boulevard: the life and times of Billy Wilder

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Hyperion, Nov 23, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 675 pages
Billy Wilder's cinematic legacy is unparalleled. Not only did he direct landmark films, he wrote all of his own screenplays. Volatile, cynical, hilarious, and driven, Wilder arrived in Hollywood an all-but-penniless refugee who spoke no English; ten years later he was calling his own shots, and he stayed on top of the game for the next three decades. Wilder battled with Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, and Peter Sellers; kept closer friendships with Holden, Audrey Hepburn; amassed a personal fortune by way of blockbuster films and shrewd investments in art; won Oscars. 'On Sunset Bouleveard' traces the course of Wilder's turbulent but fabulous life. You're not just behind the scenes - you're on the scene, from Viennese cafés and Berlin dance halls in the twenties to Hollywood soundstages of the forties and the on-locations shoots of the fifties and sixties. Crammed with Wilder's own caustic wit, 'On Sunset Boulevard' is the story of one of cinema's most brilliant and prolific talents.

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User Review  - nog - LibraryThing

Good for stories about the making of all his films, and anecdotes on his various adventures in Hollywood, but doesn't really get to the heart of who Wilder was. It seems that the author didn't get an ... Read full review

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Definitive biography of the great writer/director, blows away a lot of myths and offers incisive analysis of all of this movies Read full review


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Film critic Ed Sikov is the author of the critically acclaimed "On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder "and "Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers," He has taught at Columbia University, Haverford College, and Colorado College, and lives in New York.

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