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On Sunset Boulevard : the life and times of Billy Wilder

Author: Ed Sikov
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment - Billy Wilder's cinematic legacy - is unparalleled in Hollywood history. Not only did he direct these landmark films and twenty-one others over the course of forty years in Tinseltown, he wrote all of his own screenplays. Volatile, cynical, hilarious, and supremely driven to create, Wilder arrived in Hollywood an all-but-penniless refugee who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sikov, Ed.
On Sunset Boulevard.
New York : Hyperion, 1998
(OCoLC)606242000
Named Person: Billy Wilder; Billy Wilder; Billy Wilder; Billy Wilder
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ed Sikov
ISBN: 0786861940 9780786861941 0786885033 9780786885039
OCLC Number: 39001280
Description: ix, 675 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1: 1906-1933 --
From Kraków to Vienna --
Daredevil reporter --
Just a gigolo --
In the fog of the Metropolis --
Taking off --
Escape --
pt. 2: 1934-1941 --
To Hollywood --
Coupled --
Heil darling! --
Ball of fire --
pt. 3: 1941-1950 --
Mr. director --
Double indemnity --
Reeling --
Proof --
Cheers --
Homesick --
Sunset boulevard --
pt. 4: 1951-1956 --
Ace in the hole --
Calculations --
Audrey --
Troubles --
pt. 5: 1957-1961 --
In the afternoon --
Some like it hot --
The apartment --
pt. 6: 1961-1970 --
Selling it --
Kiss me, stupid --
Fake --
Heartbreak --
pt. 7: 1971-1998 --
Love and death --
Fedora --
"Nice working with you" --
In turnaround.
Responsibility: by Ed Sikov.
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"Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment - Billy Wilder's cinematic legacy - is unparalleled in Hollywood history. Not only did he direct these landmark films and twenty-one others over the course of forty years in Tinseltown, he wrote all of his own screenplays. Volatile, cynical, hilarious, and supremely driven to create, Wilder arrived in Hollywood an all-but-penniless refugee who spoke no English; ten years later he was calling his own shots and directing his own scripts, and he stayed on top of the game for the next three decades. On Sunset Boulevard is the story of his rich, funny, inexhaustible, and exhilarating life."--Jacket.

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