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I Can’t Believe it’s on YouTube! Billy Wilder Interview

By January 22, 2016Reviews

BILLY WILDER INTERVIEW

Story: Hollywood Legend, in this Billy Wilder interview, Billy rants about the corporate disease eating his beloved film industry.

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Why You Should Listen to It: The writer/director of great films like “The Apartment,” “Sunset Boulevard”, “Some Like It Hot” and my personal favorite “Kiss Me, Stupid” engages in a rare interview about why he’s unemployed.

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Perhaps the most clever and witty screenwriter of all time, it’s first of all almost shocking to hear Wilder’s thick, immigrant accent.  How can a guy who struggles to speak English this much have written the juiciest dialogue in Hollywood history? Everyone has heard of Billy Wilder films.

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You learn why during this interview.  When the master demonstrates his gift for metaphors.  He says being a filmmaker today (1978) is awful, comparing it to being a fighter pilot, who is asked to not only be a good fighter pilot, but to be responsible for building the engine, painting the plane, raising the money for the plane, and numerous other responsibilities that makes it impossible to be a good fighter pilot.  The excessive demands are simply no atmosphere for a fighter pilot wants to dogfight really well.

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Wilder speaks fondly of the good old days, when studio heads, even though they were tyrannical assholes, were only concerned about good stories above all else.  This engaging discussion is a Windex-sharp crystal ball into the 2016 sucky state of movies.

Written by: Norith Soth

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