Essentials: Marlene Dietrich and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957)

“If we had to invent someone to be the ideal woman…we would have to invent Marlene Dietrich.” – Billy Wilder Billy Wilder and Marlene Dietrich enjoyed a long friendship based on mutual admiration.   He admired her body, her attitude and her work ethic and she admired his kindness and talent.  It’s not a surprise then […]


The Billy Wilder Blogathon is here!!

Today would have been Billy Wilder’s 109th birthday.  The writer/producer/director had a storied career and left behind many films that are listed among the greatest ever made in almost every genre imaginable.  Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen are happy to present the following list of commentaries submitted by […]


Considering the cult movies of Billy Wilder

Following is a special guest post by Jeff Alexander, his contribution to the Billy Wilder Blogathon scheduled for June 22.  You can contact Jeff directly by way of Facebook here or leave a comment below. ◊ Ask anyone familiar with the name of Billy Wilder to list his films and it’s a safe bet that Kiss […]



Kellee Pratt of Outspoken & Freckled and the famed @Irishjayhawk66 sent me an email earlier this week: “Hey, are we reprising the Billy Wilder Blogathon this year?”  My initial reacton was, “are you freakin’ crazy?!”  Then I thought, “what would Lubitsch do?”  And so here I am celebrating Wilder with a great friend and classic movie […]



Few directors got a chance to direct “A” pictures with a top-notch cast for their first go around at the helm.  This was particularly true at the height of the studio system in Hollywood. That is unless you’re clever, charming, incredibly talented and anti-establishment.  In other words, unless you’re Billy Wilder. Billy Wilder often played bridge […]



UPDATE:   Many great choices still left… CASINO ROYALE (1967), THE EMPEROR WALTZ (1948), BUDDY BUDDY (1981), THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947), A SONG IS BORN (1948), HOLD BACK THE DAWN (1941), ARISE MY LOVE (1940), MIDNIGHT (1939), THAT CERTAIN AGE (1938), CHAMPAGNE WALTZ (1937), PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (1930), DEATH MILLS (documentary, 1945), THE SPIRIT OF […]


My Dream Stanwyck Double Bill at the Forum

New York’s Film Forum began a 40-Film Festival honoring the career of Barbara Stanwyck this weekend that will last through December 31st.  The festival which “has too many highlights to name” as David Edelstein of New York Magazine wrote is as great an event as any Stanwyck fan can fathom screening films from every decade of the star’s […]


Behind the scenes with Billy Wilder

An image gallery celebrating the genius of Billy Wilder who would have celebrated a birthday today. This is, I must admit, an inappropriate tribute to a man whose talent for conveying words on the silver screen remains unequaled.  Still, I enjoy looking at these images of Wilder at work and at play and hope you […]


DUELING DIVAS À l’ombre du noir

Concluding a year during which this blog took on a life of its own, I submit what I believe is my last blogathon entry of 2012.  This is a very special event hosted by the ultra talented Backlots, the Dueling Divas blogathon. As my entry, I chose to compare two grand divas of noir, Phyllis Dietrichson in […]


My Movie Alphabet

So how many times have I said that I hate lists in posts?  OK.  Many.  I will never do so again.  I ran into Mettel Ray Movie Blog and saw a great blogathon idea that entails creating and commenting on the mother of all lists.  And here I am, by choice, facing quite the challenge […]


Sunset Blvd…It IS Big!

Norma Desmond: “You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark…” _______________________________________________ The opening credits role down the famed, Sunset Boulevard and end at the L.A. Country Morgue.  A dead man lies on a slab with an identification tag on […]

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The magic of Lemmon

This is by far the most difficult post I’ve ever tried to write. I’ve thought about it since I first saw the announcement for the Summer Under the Stars (SUTS) blogathon hosted by Michael and Jill.  I believe that’s over a month ago.  That’s not my usual M.O.   But then this is no ordinary […]

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Billy Wilder Speaks

While on a plane recently I watched Billy Wilder Speaks (2006), a film by Volker Schlöndorff. My intention was to find one of the great director’s films to dedicate a post to in celebration of what would have been his 106th birthday.  I am, like millions of others, a huge fan of his work.  With the […]