By Gerd Gemünden
With six Academy Awards, 4 entries at the American movie Institute's record of a hundred maximum American video clips, and extra titles at the nationwide ancient check in of vintage movies deemed invaluable of upkeep than the other director, Billy Wilder counts as essentially the most entire filmmakers ever to paintings in Hollywood. but how American is Billy Wilder, the Jewish émigré from primary Europe? This ebook underscores this advanced factor, unpacking underlying contradictions the place past commentators frequently smoothed them out. Wilder emerges as an artist with roots in sensationalist journalism and the area of leisure in addition to with an expertise of literary tradition and the avant-garde, good points that result in effective and sometimes hugely unique confrontations among excessive and low.
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