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 ST. LOUIS (1957), MAUVAISE GRAINE (1934), KIDNAPPED (acting role, 1938)….plus more!
This is all about Billy Wilder. The great.
Beginning his screenwriting career in 1929 Germany, Wilder would make a definitive mark on Hollywood from behind the camera, both by way of his pen and later as a premier director. Films written by or directed by Billy Wilder continue to spark debate and adoration to this day thanks to his sharp wit and memorable imagery. Wilder directed only 27 films yet stands among an elite group of seven directors who have won Best Picture, Director and Screenplay Oscars.
These may be mere numbers contrived from opinion, but they are nonetheless impressive: Five Billy Wilder films are listed on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of 100 Funniest Movies of all time: Some Like It Hot (1959) is listed at #1, The Apartment (1960) at #20, The Seven Year Itch (1955) at #51, Ninotchka (1939) at #52 and Ball of Fire (1941) at #92. Four Wilder films are on the AFI list of 100 Greatest Movies of all time: Sunset Blvd. (1950) at #16, Some Like It Hot (1959) at #22, Double Indemnity (1944) at #29 and The Apartment (1960) at #80. And perhaps most astonishing – when one considers his mere 27 films – is the fact that Wilder directed fourteen different actors in Oscar-nominated performances.
Now, putting all stats and numbers aside, what makes Billy Wilder one of the greatest directors who ever lived is not reflected on a list nor is it illustrated by his numerous awards, but rather by his enduringly entertaining filmography. A Wilder film grabs the viewer from the opening shot and always leaves a lasting impression because a Wilder ending is always memorable.
For all of those reasons and because we’re girls gone Wilder, Kellee @Irishjayhawk66 of Outspoken & Freckled and I (Aurora) @CitizenScreen of Once Upon a Screen are beside ourselves with excitement to announce The Billy Wilder Blogathon. This will be a one-day event to celebrate this master’s work on what would have been the 108th anniversary of his birth on June 22. And we hope you are willing and able to join the celebration.
Entries for this event can be anything Wilder related – commentaries on his films or television work, created by his pen or from his place behind the camera. You choose, blog and post and we’ll be sure to enjoy it.
And now the usual drill…
- Let us know which Billy Wilder film or TV program you’d like to dedicate a post to. Choose from any he wrote, directed or produced.
- Post your entry by June 22 so we can properly promote it in celebration of his birthday.
- Be sure to include the title of your blog, twitter tag, etc. or any information that would assist us in identifying your page and facilitate communication.
- Please post one of the event banners on your site and in your entry to help us promote the Wilder love.
- Have fun! It’s sure to be a Wilder time!
“Some pictures play wonderfully to a room of eight people. I don’t go for that. I go for the masses. I go for the end effect.”
Shut up and deal.
Participants and choices:
Shadows and Satin – Ace in the Hole
Once Upon a Screen – The Major and the Minor
Screenkicker! – The Apartment
Wide Screen World – Sunset Blvd.
Make Mine Criterion! – Kiss Me, Stupid
30 Years On – The Lost Weekend
Critica Retro – Irma La Deuce
Cinema Dilettante – A Foreign Affair
The Vintage Cameo – Witness for the Prosecution
Tales of the Easily Distracted – One, Two, Three
Cindy Bruchman – Double Indemnity
Girls Do Film – Ninotchka
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – Five Graves to Cairo
Vintage Girl – Some Like it Hot
Outspoken & Freckled – Stalag 17
Classic Becky’s Brain Food – The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Twenty Four Frames – Ball of Fire
The Great Katharine Hepburn – The Front Page
Spoilers – “Billy Wilder Speaks” and other interviews
Mildred’s Fatburgers – The Fortune Cookie
Pre-Code.com – Fedora
Joel’s Classic Film Passion – Ocean’s 11
A Shroud of Thoughts – Sabrina
Barry – Avanti!
[This] Girl Friday – Midnight
Stars and Letters – Jane Wyman letter to Billy Wilder
The Movie Rat – Emil and the Detectives (’31 and ’35)
Chris Sturhann – The Seven Year Itch
No Nonsense with Nuwan Sen – Love in the Afternoon
Random Pictures – Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife
LA Explorer – Rhythm on the River
Following is the complete gallery of banners for this event. All were conceived, designed and delivered by Kellee.
Hi, Aurora! Can I sign up for Ace in the Hole?
Yes! WoooHooo Thrilled you’ll be joining us!
Hi Aurora, was wondering if i could write something about The Apartment?
You got it. Welcome aboard!
Dibs on Sunset Boulevard.
I’m jealous! It’s yours. 🙂
Can I participate and sign up for Kiss Me, Stupid?
Got it! Thanks much.
I need to revisit The Lost Weekend, you have just given me the motivation to do so.
It was difficult to decide but… can I have Irma La Douce?
The Dilettante would love to explore A Foreign Affair. 🙂
Ooh… How about The Major and the Minor for me? Thank you!
The Vintage Cameo – http://www.thevintagecameo.com – @vintagecameos 🙂
Already taken. 😦 hope you’d consider another.
OH! Hahaha. You mean you guys require me actually being able to read? FIIIIINE. 🙂
I’ll go with Witness for the Prosecution, then?
HA!!! You got it! 🙂
Aurora, we love Billy Wilder’s films, and we’d love to blog about ONE, TWO, THREE! Please let us know if it’s available!
WoooHooo! You got it!
Hooray! 😀 Thanks, Aurora! Billy Wilder is The Man here at Team B., and we’re looking forward to the Blogathon, big-time!
Hiya Aurora. May I participate with ‘Double Indemnity’?
Love this blogathon Aurora! Please could I write about Ninotchka?
Yes! Wonderful choice. Hoping more join in for his writing accomplishments. 😦
I didn’t realize someone had already called my choice, so I’ll go with Five Graves to Cairo.
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
OK. You got it.
Hi Aurora — I asked Kellee if I could do “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.” Just wanted to let you know too and see if that’s OK.
Been thinking about you, Becky! I’m so happy you’re joining us. It’s A-O-K!
I may have signed up for this already. Problem is I can’t find with I did. My mind must be going (LOL). Anyway put me down for BALL OF FIRE.
I obviously cannot write either! Should have read “Problem is I can’t find where I did.”
LOL! I knew what you meant. 🙂 You let Kellee know. I’ll add you to my list now. So happy you’re joining us, John.
Are you allowing doubles? I was also hoping to nab SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950).
Okay okay, just kidding! Can I write about the movies he made with BD – JEZEBEL (1938), THE LETTER (1940), and THE LITTLE FOXES (1941)?
Love those! But that’s Wyler. 🙂
Hahaha! I’m an idiot.
I’ve done that too! So if you are I am! 🙂
All right, third time’s a charm – May I write about THE FRONT PAGE (1974)?
You got it. 😀 Love that.
Hurrah! I have my assignment. Phew.
Could I take “The Fortune Cookie?”
You got it! 🙂
Fedora, please. Arigatou gozaimasu!
It’s yours. And…um…de nada.
Hi! I would love to do Avanti!
You got it! Please give me the name/ URL of your blog when you can.
How exciting! I absolutely love billy wilder! Ill have to get to it! Do we have to limit our post to one billy wilder work? I don’t know if I can narrow it down.
May I still participate? Or are all the spots taken? I would like to write a post either on Sunset Blvd. or on Jack Lemmon’s work with Billy Wilder (principally Some Like It Hot and The Apartment). If I can’t sign up this time, I’ll still be happy to give a shoutout on Twitter! And I will definitely write something about Billy for his birthday! Yay!
We’d love for you to participate. Since we wanted to cover as many Wilder films as possible – both those he directed and wrote, we’re trying to avoid repeat choices. All the films you mentioned have already been spoken for, but if you did a post about Lemmon’s work with Wilder in general, which includes those films I think that’s fine. Does that make sense? Let me know what you think. Otherwise, there are many movies Wilder wrote that are still available.
Thank you! I’d like to do a little post on Billy Wilder’s working relationship with Jack Lemmon, which would of course include all their films (but primarily Some Like It Hot and The Apartment). But if you want each person to profile a single work, then I’ll do Midnight (1939). Just let me know! Thanks!
OH! I’d love to read about MIDNIGHT! I’ve never seen it. If that works for you it’s PERFECTION!
Alright. Ill do Midnight. Yay! I’ve never done this before, so I may have a couple questions. Ill post my entry in the next couple weeks. But when I do, where do I send the link?
My blog, by the way, is [This] Girl Friday.
Hi Aurora, I run a blog on classic Hollywood correspondence and have a letter from Jane Wyman to Billy Wilder regarding “The Lost Weekend” that I haven’t posted yet. I thought it might be a nice entry for your blogathon. So, I won’t be reviewing the movie ( I see somebody else is doing that already), but I would like to contribute in my own way. Let me know if I can join. Thanks!
Hi, Clarissa. Yes, that sounds amazing!! I’ll add you to the list in the morning. While we prefer no repeats, that’s a different take/ perspective.
This sounds awesome–and like a great excuse to watch “Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife”! I would love to do a post on that if it’s still available.
I’ll take the Seven Year Itch.
Hi Melanie – Sorry for taking so long to respond. I had to check with Kellee because The Seven Year Year was already chosen. Sorry about that I just didn’t add it to my list in time. I hope you’ll consider another movie.
No problem. How bout Rhythm on the River?
You got it! YAY!!
Aurora, here’s Double Indemnity
I’m not sure I’ve got the format correct for you. I picked the large Stanwyck / MacMurray logo.
Thanks for letting me participate, cindybruchman.wordpress.com
Thanks so much, Cindy! I’m so impressed with your diligence. Haven’t even starting thinking about my post yet. Just know we won’t be promoting the write-ups until the 22nd, Wilder’s birthday.
‘Ninotchka’, ‘Double Indemnity’, ‘Some like it hot’ etc etc all taken. Since I am a fan of Audrey Hepburn please may I have ‘Love in the afternoon’.
Yes, of course. It’s usual that the more popular movies go first and fast.
Thanks so much for participating!
Done, here’s a link to my post on ‘Love in the Afternoon’
Thank you Aurora
Thank YOU! So excited! We’ll be promoting all posts on Sunday via Twitter. Do you have a twitter account? If so, please give me your tag so we can include in the mention.
WoW!! Thanks! That’s lovely.
Sorry am not on Twitter yet. I guess I ought to get an account.
Yes you should. It’s a great way to promote your blog. PLUS there’s a wonderful community of classic film fans there.
Hi – I left a comment on the 6th about writing on “Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife,” but I haven’t heard anything. I’d love to, if it’s still available.
Hi! So sorry. I think your first comment must’ve gone to the spam folder. No worries – YOU GOT IT! I’ll add you to the list immediately. And thanks for your patience and for participating. 🙂
Also – the link to your blog site is not working. If possible please include the link in a comment.
Thanks! http://randompicturesblog.net (No . between pictures and blog. Not sure why it’s doing that… Thanks for letting me know!)
Avanti is up! Enjoy! http://wp.me/p4kzW6-Mg
Wonderful! If possible, please include a link back to the blogathon post and mention it. https://aurorasginjoint.com/2014/06/22/the-billy-wilder-blogathon-is-here/