“I’ve had directors who were marvelous at breaking scenes down and handling people. But when you would string all the pearls together, they wouldn’t make a beautiful necklace. But Billy is the kind of picture-maker who can make a beautiful string of pearls. He makes the kind of movies that are classics and last forever.” – Jack Lemmon
Today we celebrate what would have been Billy Wilder’s 108th birthday in simple form, but with lots of class.
“I just made pictures I would’ve liked to see.”
and here they are:
By A Shroud of Thoughts – Sabrina
By Joel’s Classic Film Passion – Ocean’s 11
By Cindy Bruchman – Double Indemnity
By Spoilers – Billy Wilder Speaks
By No Nonsense with Nuwan Sen – Love in the Afternoon
By Pre-Code.com – Fedora
By Once Upon a Screen – The Major and the Minor
By Critica Retro – Irma La Deuce
By ClassicBecky’s Brain Food – The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
By Twenty Four Frames – Ball of Fire
By Wide Screen World – Sunset Boulevard
By Shadows and Satin – Ace in the Hole
By 30 Years On – The Lost Weekend
By Stars and Letters – Jane Wyman letter to Billy Wilder
By Make Mine Criterion! – Kiss Me, Stupid
By Screenkicker! – The Apartment
By Barry Bradford – Avanti!
By Girls Do Film – Ninotchka
By Outspoken & Freckled – Stalag 17
By Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – Five Graves to Cairo
By [This] Girl Friday – Midnight
By The Vintage Cameo – Witness for the Prosecution
By The Movie Rat – Emil and the Detectives (’31 and ’35)
By Tales of the Easily Distracted – One, Two, Three
By Random Pictures – Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife
By Cinema Dilettante – A Foreign Affair
By LA Explorer – Rhythm on the River
By Mildred’s Fatburgers – The Fortune Cookie
By Vienna’s Classic Hollywood – Nancy Olson in Sunset Boulevard
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.
I’m proud to be hosting this event with girl gone Wilder, Kellee @Irishjayhawk66 of Outspoken & Freckled. Follow us on our blogs or via Twitter (Aurora) @CitizenScreen) for the day-long Billy Wilder celebration. And to the fabulous bloggers who submitted the posts listed above a heartfelt THANK YOU! You’re terrific!
Yay! Can’t wait to read these!!! Here’s mine:
Here’s my entry – thanks for organizing. I’m looking forward to reading the other posts!
Thanks! Can’t wait to read it!
Thanks for placing mine within the Top-5, feels good 🙂
Too late to add my contribution? NANCY OLSON:SUNSET BOULEVARD
Many thanks, Aurora for adding my link. I’ve put the Blogathon poster on my post.
I have failed you!!! I couldn’t find my copy of the Fortune Cookie anywhere, then finally found it on YouTube from a Polish site. I’ll still post my entry today, but I humbly apologize for missing the deadline. You have some excellent posts here! I’m so sorry.
Send me the link when it’s done, Beth. No worries. Things happen.
Thanks for your patience! Here you go: http://www.mildredsfatburgers.com/the-blog/billy-wilder-blogathon-the-fortune-cookie
I posted the link to my post on Kellee’s site, but I’ll do it here too. Thanks bunches for hosting!
Oops, didn’t realize this was for last year’s blogathon! Sorry! My link is for the current one.
My entry is up. https://popculturereverie.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/a-foreign-affair-review-by-robin-franson-pruter/