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Portrait of a 60% perfect man : Billy Wilder

Author: Michel CimentAnnie TresgotJack LemmonWalter MatthauI A L DiamondAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Billy Wilder's acerbic wit and indomitable talent shine through in this documentary. Michel Ciment, the French critic, interviews Wilder about his life and movie-making, and Tresgot also brings in discussions with Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and I.A.L. Diamond. Few directors have been as consistently successful as Wilder who made movies as varied as Ninotchka in 1939, Witness for the Prosecution in 1957, and Casino  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Interviews
Named Person: Billy Wilder; Billy Wilder; Billy Wilder
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Ciment; Annie Tresgot; Jack Lemmon; Walter Matthau; I A L Diamond; Billy Wilder; Action Films.; AGAT Films & Cie.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 1934121681 9781934121689
OCLC Number: 180205973
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally produced in France in 1980 by Action Films, copyright 1998 by AGAT Films & Cie.
Credits: Photography, Gary Graver ; sound, John Glascock ; editor, François Ceppi.
Cast: Interviewer, Michel Ciment ; commentary, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, I.A.L. Diamond.
Description: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Other Titles: Portrait of a sixty percent perfect man: Billy Wilder
Portrait d'un homme 'à 60% parfait': Billy Wilder
Responsibility: a film by Annie Tresgot and Michel Ciment ; directed by Annie Tresgot.

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Billy Wilder's acerbic wit and indomitable talent shine through in this documentary. Michel Ciment, the French critic, interviews Wilder about his life and movie-making, and Tresgot also brings in discussions with Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and I.A.L. Diamond. Few directors have been as consistently successful as Wilder who made movies as varied as Ninotchka in 1939, Witness for the Prosecution in 1957, and Casino Royale in 1963. At the time of this interview the director was 74 years old, and emphasizes the fact that his life is not just about movies. Born in Austria, he came to the U.S. to escape Nazi persecution and eventually, to find his own expression in the growing film industry.

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