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In Conversations With Wilder, Hollywood S Legendary And Famously Elusive Director Billy Wilder Agrees For The First Time To Talk Extensively About His Life And WorkHere, In An Extraordinary Book With Than Black And White Photographs Including Film Posters, Stills, Grabs, And Never Before Seen Pictures From Wilder S Own Collection The Ninety Three Year Old Icon Talks To Cameron Crowe, One Of Today S Best Known Writer Directors, About Thirty Years At The Very Heart Of Hollywood, And About Screenwriting And Camera Work, Set Design And Stars, His Peers And Their Movies, The Studio System And Films Today In His Distinct Voice We Hear Wilder S Inside View On His Collaborations With Such Stars As Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, And Greta Garbo He Was A Writer At MGM During The Making Of Ninotchka Here Are Wilder S Sharp And Funny Behind The Scenes Stories About The Making Of A Foreign Affair, Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Love In The Afternoon, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, And Ace In The Hole, Among Many Others Wilder Is Ever Mysterious, But Crowe Gets Him To Speak Candidly On Stanwyck She Knew The Script, Everybody S Lines, Never A Fault, Never A Mistake On Cary Grant I Had Cary Grant In Mind For Four Of My Pictures Slipped Through My Net Every Time On The Lubitsch Touch It Was The Elegant Use Of The Super Joke Wilder Also Remembers His Early Years In Vienna, Working As A Journalist In Berlin, Rooming With Peter Lorre At The Chateau Marmont Always With The Same Dry Wit, Tough Minded Romanticism, And Elegance That Are The Hallmarks Of Wilder S Films This Book Is A Classic Of Hollywood History And Lore

10 thoughts on “Conversations with Wilder

  1. says:

    To compare this book to Hitchcock Truffaut or Bogdanovich interviewing Welles is absurd Wilder is intermittently interesting, but Cameron Crowe is an insuffurable jackass fascinated in showing how much Wilder likes him than in actually asking any good questions.Mostly this is a book of gossip about movie stars It feels like a third of the book is spent talking about Marilyn Monroe The biggest problem is that Wilder doesn t have an interest in analyzing his films He warms up to Crowe eventually, and clearly likes the idea that people might want to read what he has to say, so he s happy to answer questions and talk, but he s just not personally interested in covering any of this material Mostly we re left with ancient Hollywood gossip.And we re left with plenty of Crowe trying to convince Wilder that the attitude expressed in his films must be related to a single, powerful event from his childhood, and what was it Crowe is full of ideas about what makes Wilder tick, and spends page after page trying to convince Wilder he s right.Then we have the endless informative passages where Crowe describes going to Wilder s office, hanging out with Wilder s wife, going out to dinner with them, etc It reads like the longest, most boring Rolling Stone interview of all time.Wilder has some good one liners, and here and there we get some compelling info about how he went about making great movies like Double Indemnity, The Apartment and Sunset Blvd, so at least it s not a total loss.

  2. says:

    This is a marvelous book Crowe was the perfect person to do this book, as he has years of experience as a journalist and as a writer director of film He was able to ask some tough questions of Wilder as a journalist, but also had huge insights into the realities of both writing and directing films that no journalist would ever have I felt like I was sitting right there in the room with the two of them I found the snippets of Billy s wife Audrey, who was sometimes nearby, wonderful as well.

  3. says:

    Tuesdays with Billy This book is a casually fascinating glimpse of two filmmakers in dialogue, with the younger visiting the retired elder to study and celebrate his life and work Cameron Crowe was contemplating an autobiographical film at the time of these interviews, which became Almost Famous And Billy Wilder was retired, with afternoon physical therapy sessions to keep the blood flowing followed by evening martinis Crowe revisits every Wilder film to capture the thoughts of its filmmaker One of the surprises is the lack of interest in celebrating those films that were not successful with the public Some of these are fascinating and critically celebrated, but Wilder s spin is pragmatic, nostalgic, and independent A great read if you have ever seen Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, Stalag 17, Witness For the Prosecution, Sabrina, Ace in the Hole.

  4. says:

    This book isn t perfect, Wilder comes off as something of an asshole sometimes when he decides to talk shit about the likes of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Fred McMurray, and Steven Spielberg Of course if every asshole could create something like The Apartment which is possibly the loveliest movie ever made I d find assholes in general alot tolerable And Crowe misses some real opportunities by missing some juicy questions Come on did you really think Wilder wouldn t have a good Klaus Kinski story, or wouldn t want to talk about The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes But this is still an invaluable book A refreshingly honest look into the mind of a true genius While it might not reach the heights of Hitchcock Truffaunt, it s still a fantastic look at the relationship between a crotchety old master and a willing eager disciple.

  5. says:

    Wonderful conversation with a great filmmaker Took a while to read because I kept putting the book down so I could watch some of the films some for the first time, some for the nth This is the man behind The Apartment, Double Indemnity, Witness for the Prosecution, Stalag 17, Sunset Blvd., Some Like It Hot and I think Sabrina is his worst film I ve seen and others consider that a classic if his worst is a classic, the others must be pretty good Nice to have Crowe as the interviewer as he a knows his film history and b elicits respect from Wilder as one filmmaker talking to another.

  6. says:

    Wilder is one of my top ten favorite directors, and this book essentially let me spent the afternoon in his company, hearing his opinions on things than I would have ever thought to ask myself The structure of the book is not perfect, and some serious editing should have been done on some descriptive passages and repetitions from Wilder Nonetheless, if you re a fan of great cinema and writing directing technique from a master, then this book comes highly recommended.

  7. says:

    William Holden, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Sunset Boulevard,Some Like it Hot, Double Indemnity you know you love them all Why not spend a couple evenings in the company of Billy Wilder and Cameron Crowe listening to great conversations about old Hollywood Heavily illustrated with photos of the tinseltowns greatest stars, this book will have you updating your must see movies list and lingering on the TMC channel just a little longer

  8. says:

    This is one of the best books I ve ever read about filmmaking and filmmakers It s so obvious Cameron Crowe writer and director of Almost Famous, Say Anything, and many loves and respects Billy Wilder that comes through throughout this collection of interviews.

  9. says:

    If you want a great book about early Hollywood and the writers and directors who did the best work, pick this book up.

  10. says:

    Riveting and insightful look at a great journalist filmmaker talking to his mentor and peeling back the layers if one of the masters of cinema.