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 blogger.
The Billy Wilder Blogathon
This is all about Billy Wilder. The great.
Beginning his screenwriting career in 1929 Germany, Billy 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 are beside ourselves with excitement to announce the second annual Billy Wilder Blogathon. As was the case last year this will be a one-day event to celebrate this master’s work on what would have been the 109th 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.
NOTE: Kellee and I discourage repeat choices. However, several bloggers have chosen the same Wilder film and knowing each person’s take will be different we’re changing that policy. In fairness, however, no more than two per movie if it comes to that.
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. And happy blogging!
Participating Blogs and Wilder topics
Movie Movie Blog Blog – Double Indemnity
Once Upon a Screen – Ace in the Hole
The Cinematic Frontier – Sunset Blvd.
Mib’s Instant Headache – Witness for the Prosecution
Outspoken & Freckled – Some Like it Hot
Critica Retro – Kiss Me, Stupid
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Midnight
Shadows and Satin – Famous Couples of Noir: Norma and Joe (and possibly Joe and Betty, too!) in Sunset Boulevard
Wide Screen World – Stalag 17
Caftan Woman – Bing Crosby movies: The Emperor Waltz and Rhythm on the River
A Shroud of Thoughts – The Apartment
Old Hollywood Films – The Fortune Cookie
Cinephiled – The Major and the Minor
Rachel the Cinephile – Wilder and Lemmon films
Twenty Four Frames – The Major and the Minor
Moon in Gemini – Irma La Deuce
The Wonderful World of Cinema – Love in the Afternoon
Girls Do Film – The Apartment
Silver Screenings – Ninotchka screenplay
Pop Culture Reverie – A Foreign Affair
Cinephilia – Sabrina
Stars and Letters – Correspondence on The Spirit of St. Louis
Flickin’ Out – The Lost Weekend
Jeff – Fedora and Kiss Me, Stupid (guest post on Once Upon a Screen)
The Stop Button – Five Graves to Cairo
Almost Ginger – Some Like it Hot
Serendipitous Anachronisms – The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes
Movie Rob – Buddy Buddy and The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes
Goose Pimply All Over – The Seven Year Itch
Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Midnight
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque – One, Two Three