This week the spotlight is on the classic hollywood director BILLY WILDER. A very influential director who you SHOULD KNOW. He directed some of the most well loved, most cultrually referenced films to this day!
He was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood’s golden age
And I have chosen to choose his best 3 films, In my opinion, to get you into his style of filmography. So starting with his earliest out of the 3:
Wilder’s first thriller and a classic film noir from the 40’s. What makes this film for me is the brilliant performance by Barabra Stanwyck whose iconic image and character is today emulated and referenced in popular culture, and there is a reason why this is. GO WATCH.
Possibly my favourite, and the only one so far i own on DVD, this film is so important in that it tells the story of an even older hollywood before the one you will be watching with this film! if you don’t believe me when i say important read this from its wiki page:
Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards (including nominations in all four acting categories) and won three. It is widely accepted as a classic, often cited as one of the greatest films of American cinema. Deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked number twelve on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century, and in 2007 it was 16th on their 10th Anniversary list.
This film is both entertaining but educational to the film industry, particularly hollywood and the transition to talkies which was a huge corner stone in film HISTORY. It is ICONIC, it is the only word that springs to mind. Again the leading lady performance is what people remember, Wilder could direct his leading ladies. Again this film is referenced so so much. But now i’m ready for my close up 😉 GO WATCH!
Last but not least:
A COMEDY CLASSIC!, A WILDER CLASSIC. AND A MARILYN MONROE CLASSIC. three in one, you can’t go wrong! things to know before you watch this film. It is SET in the 1920’s but made in 1959. It is shot in black and white on purpose, despite colour being increasingly popular, this was due to the actors makeup not translating well in colour.This film is fun and all round entertaining with a very, now, familiar formula.. ever wondered where it started.. look no further. Marilyn Monroe is electric in this film, she thrives in comedic performances where her acting really shone. GO WATCH!!
IF YOU LIKED – BONUS!
you liked any of these films? or seen one of them and maybe need another Wilder film to take its place, go on to check these out, also directed by him:
The Seven Year Itch (MORE MARILYN MAGIC)
Sabrina (NO NOT THE WITCH. I personally love audrey hepburn and this role she shines bright as ever, with the addition to legend humphrey bogart, who may have been miscast, but is still an enjoyable watch)
The Apartment (HIGHLY rated)