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 bloggers far and wide in celebration of this legendary Hollywood player.
I’ll be updating links to the contributions as they come in throughout the day so be sure to check back often. You may also want to follow @Irishjayhawk66 (Kellee) and @CitizenScreen (me) on Twitter as we promote the entries dedicated to Wilder’s astounding filmography.
“I don’t do cinema. I make movies.” – Billy Wilder
Movie Movie Blog Blog – “Straight Down the Line” – The Importance of Dialogue in Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity
Mib’s Instant Headache – Witness for the Prosecution
By Jeff a guest post on Once Upon a Screen – Considering the Cult Movies of Billy Wilder
Dial M for Movies – Billy Wilder vs. Censorship
Moon in Gemini – Remembering My First Movie: Irma La Deuce
Movie Movie Blog Blog – Billy Wilder and the Marx Brothers – A Match Almost Made in Heaven
Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche are John Barrymore’s parents in… Midnight (1939)
Cinephilia – Reaching for the Moon
Pop Culture Reverie – A Foreign Affair
Girls Do Film – Billy Wilder and The Apartment: “Shut Up and Deal”
Goose Pimply All Over – The Seven Year Itch
Movie Rob – The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes
Wide Screen World – Stalag 17
Caftan Woman – Rhythm on the River and The Emperor Waltz
The Stop Button – Five Graves to Cairo
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque – One, Two, Three
Old Hollywood Films – The Fortune Cookie
Movie Rob – Buddy Buddy
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Midnight
Serendipitous Anachronisms – The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes
A Shroud of Thoughts – The Apartment
Twenty Four Frames – The Major and the Minor
The Wonderful World of Cinema – Love in the Afternoon
Silver Screenings – Billy Wilder’s Life-Affirming Ninotchka
Critica Retro – Kiss Me, Stupid
The Cinematic Frontier – Sunset Blvd.
Flickin’ Out – “One drink’s too many, and A Hundred’s Not Enough”
Outspoken & Freckled – Some Like it Hot
Shadows and Satin – Famous Couples of Noir: Norma and Joe (and possibly Joe and Betty, too!) in Sunset Boulevard
Cinephiled – The Major and the Minor
Rachel the Cinephile – Wilder and Lemmon films
Stars and Letters – Correspondence on The Spirit of St. Louis
Almost Ginger – Some Like it Hot
Once Upon a Screen – Ace in the Hole
Thank you to all participating bloggers for the time spent on these enjoyable posts and to Kellee for another classic experience.
If interested you can visit the original blogathon announcement here.
And before you go here’s a look at Billy Wilder behind the scenes…
Truly one of the all-time greats! Here’s to Billy Wilder, a birthday celebration.
Humming along at Caftan Woman’s place: http://www.caftanwoman.com/2015/06/billy-wilder-blogathon-rhythm-on-river.html
Anther great collage!
I’m so addicted to these images!! THANKS, Paddy!
Here’s mine: http://cinephiliaque.blogspot.com/2015/06/one-two-three.html
Here’s The Fortune Cookie: http://www.oldhollywoodfilms.com/2015/06/the-fortune-cookie.html
Here’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes for Serendipitous Anachronisms! Oh, I can’t wait till my lunch break so I can start reading these!- Summer
Thank you for co-hosting this event! It was fabulous- and as I posted to your co-host, I feel like I took a graduate seminar in Wilder in one day! So much fun!
It’s a blast, isn’t it?! 🙂 Everyone writes with such passion about these films and this director. Thank you for participating!
Hi Aurora, here is my Love in the Afternoon’s article for the Billy Wilder’s blotahon! 🙂
Added link. THANKS! 🙂
Yeah I saw that. Thanks to you and happy Billy Wilder’s day!
By the way, I just nominated you for a Liebster Award, because your blog is amazing and you totally deserve it! You’ll find the informations on this link 🙂 https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/a-liebster-award-for-the-wonderful-world-of-cinema/
THANK YOU!! That’s amazing! 🙂
Hi Aurora, here’s the link to my entry: http://silverscreenings.org/2015/06/18/billy-wilders-life-affirming-ninotchka/
No longer “still to come”: Kiss Me, stupid is here 🙂
Thanks for co-hosting this, I’ve really enjoyed reminding myself of Wilder’s incredible career.
PS – nice collage 😉
Thank YOU for participating! 🙂
Thanks to both you and Kellee for organising this blogathon. I’m sure I am not the only one who was both entertained and enlightened by the sheer volume of information and personal insight shared in these great posts. 🙂
Thanks for hosting this! (And Kellee too, of course!) I loved being a part of this, and it’s been great seeing all the love for Mr. Wilder. By the way, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Here are the details: http://loveletterstooldhollywood.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-liebster-award.html