Great Directors: Billy Wilder

13 03 2008


Billy Wilder who’s real name was Samuel Wilder was born in Sucha (Austria) the 22 of June 1906. While being a child he was called Billy mostly because of his obsession about Buffalo Bill and Westerns.


After finishing his secondary studies he started studying law at the Vienna University, but he gave up law studies to start working as a reporter for a newspaper. But it wouldn’t be till 1929 in Germany that he would start writing for the movie business, at this time he would meet some other important future figures of Hollywood such as Robert Soidmak or Fren Zinnemann.

Not only was he capable of doing the greatest acid and caustic comedies, he also matched himself to the great Alfred Hitchcock with his “Witness for the prosecution” or to the best Mankiewicz with “The Private life of Sherlock Holmes” and the most Noir film of the detectives and Noir stories with his “Double Indemnity”.

He was a master with film narration, plot construction and crazy dialogs, and that makes him one of the most talented directors of cinema history.

His sense of humor was unique, you just have to see the speech he gave when he received an award for his career when he was 90 years of age…

Or his grave.

Some of his greatest films:


1- The Major and the Minor (1942)

2- Double Indemnity (1944)

3- A Foreign Affair (1948)

4- Sunset Boulevard (1950)

5- Sabrina (Sabrina Fair) (1954)

6- Love in the Afternoon (1957´)

7- Some Like it Hot (1959)

8- The Apartment (1960)

9- Irma La Douce (1963)

10- The Front Page (1974)

11- Fedora (1978)