Directors DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of BILLY WILDER

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  1. Jim_K

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    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of BILLY WILDER

    Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.

    BILLY WILDER

    Buddy Buddy (1981)
    Fedora (1978)
    The Front Page (1974)
    Avanti! (1972)
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
    The Fortune Cookie (1966)
    Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
    Irma la Douce (1963)
    One, Two, Three (1961)
    The Apartment (1960)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    Love in the Afternoon (1957)
    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
    The Seven Year Itch (1955)
    Sabrina (1954)
    Stalag 17 (1953)
    Ace in the Hole (1951)
    Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    A Foreign Affair (1948)
    The Emperor Waltz (1948)
    The Lost Weekend (1945)
    Death Mills (1945)
    Double Indemnity (1944)
    Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
    The Major and the Minor (1942)
    Mauvaise graine (1934)
     
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    Ratings out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    BILLY WILDER (1906 - 2002)


    Buddy Buddy (1981) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Fedora (1978) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Front Page (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Avanti! (1972) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Fortune Cookie (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Irma la Douce (1963) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One, Two, Three (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Apartment (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
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    Witness for the Prosecution (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Love in the Afternoon (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Seven Year Itch (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sabrina (1954)
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    Stalag 17 (1953) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ace in the Hole (1951)
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    Sunset Blvd. (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A Foreign Affair (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Emperor Waltz (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Lost Weekend (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Death Mills (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Double Indemnity (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Five Graves to Cairo (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Major and the Minor (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mauvaise graine (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

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    [rant]"Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It's like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built-in motor or something. I tell you, it's a whole different sex!"[/rant]

    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One, Two, Three (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Apartment (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Some Like It Hot (1959) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Seven Year Itch (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Stalag 17 (1953) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sunset Blvd. (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Double Indemnity (1944)
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    Rankings

    1)Some Like it Hot
    2)Stalag 17
    3)Sunset Blvd
    4)Witness for the Prosecution
    5)Double Indemnity


    Average Rating 3.4 out of 5
     
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    *1. Sunset Blvd. - A (Top 20-30)
    *2. The Apartment - A
    *3. Some Like It Hot - A
    4. Double Indemnity - A
    (if I used A+'s all 4 of these would be)
    5. One, Two, Three - A-
    6. Love in the Afternoon - A-
    7. Ace in the Hole - B+
    8. Sabrina - B+
    9. Avanti! - B+
    10. Kiss Me, Stupid - B
    11. Witness for the Prosecution - B
    12. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - B
    13. Stalag 17 - B
    14. The Lost Weekend - B-
    15. Irma La Douce - C+
    16. The Fortune Cookie - C
    17. The Seven Year Itch - C


    Own: 3
     
  5. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Great director, second only to Hitchcock as far as I'm concerned.

    BILLY WILDER

    Seen: 20
    Like: 13
    Own: 11

    Rank order:

    The Apartment (1960)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Double Indemnity (1944)
    Stalag 17 (1953)
    The Seven Year Itch (1955)
    Sabrina (1954)
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
    The Fortune Cookie (1966)
    The Major and the Minor (1942)
    Irma la Douce (1963)
    The Emperor Waltz (1948)
    Buddy Buddy (1981)
    One, Two, Three (1961)
    The Lost Weekend (1945)
    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
    The Front Page (1974)
    Avanti! (1972)
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
    Sunset Blvd. (1950)
     
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    Arman Screenwriter

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    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) ***
    One, Two, Three (1961) ***
    The Apartment (1960) ****
    Some Like It Hot (1959) ****
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957) ***
    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) ***
    Sabrina (1954) ****
    Stalag 17 (1953) ****
    Ace in the Hole (1951) ***[​IMG]
    Sunset Blvd. (1950) ****
    The Lost Weekend (1945) ***
    Double Indemnity (1944) ****
    Five Graves to Cairo (1943) ***
     
  8. Kirk Tsai

    Kirk Tsai Screenwriter

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    Ranking:

    1. Double Indemnity
    2. The Apartment
    3. Stalag 17
    4. Ace in the Hole
    5. Sunset Boulevard
    6. Witness for the Prosecution
    7. Sabrina
    8. Some Like It Hot
    9. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
    10. The Seven Year Itch
    11. One, Two, Three
    12. Spirit of St. Louis
    13. The Lost Weekend
     
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    BILLY WILDER (so far he's got a perfect score from me. batting a thousand!)

    One, Two, Three (1961) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - Love it, one of my all time favorite comedies!
    The Apartment (1960) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - One of the greatest films ever made, number three in my opinion.
    Some Like It Hot (1959) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - So perfect and brilliant it's hard to believe it really exists
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - God he was an incredible writer and director, the visual and verbal complementary ways of telling a story, particularly in this mystery, are just astonishing.
    Sunset Blvd. (1950) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - An amazing film to watch.
    Double Indemnity (1944) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - but... but... but... Fred McMurray is a nice guy, right?


    RANKING:
    1. (this is tough)
    2. The Apartment
    3. Some Like it Hot
    4. One, Two Three
    5. Double Indemnity
    6. Witness for the Prosecution
    7. Sunset Blvd

    Plus I own the nine disc wilder set, I just need to set down and watch the movies in it!

    Adam
     
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    The Front Page (1974) - C
    Avanti! (1972) - B-
    Irma la Douce (1963) - C-
    The Apartment (1960) - A+
    Some Like It Hot (1959) - A
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - B+
    The Seven Year Itch (1955) - B
    Sabrina (1954) - B+
    Stalag 17 (1953) - B+
    Sunset Blvd. (1950) - A+
    The Lost Weekend (1945) - B
    Double Indemnity (1944) - A
     
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    BILLY WILDER

    This guy's amazing. I've seen four of these and loved each one. This makes them difficult to rank of course, but here we go.

    The Apartment (1960)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    Double Indemnity (1944)
     
  12. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    Buddy Buddy (1981) [​IMG]
    Fedora (1978)
    The Front Page (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Avanti! (1972) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Fortune Cookie (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
    Irma la Douce (1963) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One, Two, Three (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Apartment (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Some Like It Hot (1959) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Love in the Afternoon (1957)
    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Seven Year Itch (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sabrina (1954) [​IMG]
    Stalag 17 (1953) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ace in the Hole (1951) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Sunset Blvd. (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A Foreign Affair (1948)
    The Emperor Waltz (1948) [​IMG]
    The Lost Weekend (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Death Mills (1945)
    Double Indemnity (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Five Graves to Cairo (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Major and the Minor (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mauvaise graine (1934)

    Seen 21
    Own 2
     
  13. Eric Peterson

    Eric Peterson Cinematographer

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    Wilder is easily my favorite filmmaker. This is due more to his writing more than his directing (His style is somewhat invisible), but that's what he strove for.
    1. The Apartment [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2. Double Indemnity [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    3. Ace in the Hole [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Where is this DVD???)
    4. Stalag 17 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    5. Sunset Boulevard [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    6. Some Like it Hot [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    7. One, Two, Three [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    8. Kiss Me Stupid! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    9. Avanti! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    10. The Fortune Cookie [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    11. Love in the Afternoon [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    12. A Foreign Affair [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    13. Witness For the Prosecution [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    14. Sabrina [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    15. Spirit of St. Louis [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    16. Private Life of Sherlock Holmes [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    17. The Lost Weekend [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    18. The Seven Year Itch [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    19. The Major & The Minor [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    20. Five Graves to Cairo [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    21. Irma La Douce [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    22. The Front Page [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    23. Fedora [​IMG] [​IMG]
    24. Buddy, Buddy [​IMG] [​IMG]
    25. The Emperor Waltz [​IMG] 1/2

    I've also seen the early foreign efforts
    • Mauvaise Graine [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    • Menschen am Sonntag (Crew Member) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I've seen these screenwriting credits w/ Brackett
    • Ball of Fire [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    • Ninotchka [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    • Midnight [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    • Hold Back the Dawn [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    • Bluebeard's Eighth Wife [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I've also read the following books:
    • Wilder Times
    • On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder
    • Conversations with Wilder
    • The Brighter Side of Billy Wilder - Primarily
    • Billy Wilder Interviews
    • + several other reference books
    • + a half dozen screenplays

    Yeah, I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to Wilder.[​IMG]
     
  14. george kaplan

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    You should also check out Nobody's Perfect.
     
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    I own it, but haven't read it yet.[​IMG] My most recent acquisition is a book released by Taschen simply called "Billy Wilder". It's an absolutely fantastic book filled with rare behind the scenes photos that I've never seen in any other book. If you have any serious interest in Wilder, I highly reccomend checking it out.

    http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/cata...acts/03616.htm
     
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    Out of 4 stars:

    Some Like It Hot [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Double Indemnity [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ace in the Hole [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sunset Boulevard [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Apartment [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sabrina [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Lost Weekend [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Love in the Afternoon [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Fortune Cookie [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    In order of merit:


    1.Double Indemnity (1944) ****
    2.Sunset Blvd. (1950) ****
    3.Ace in the Hole (1951) ****
    4.The Lost Weekend (1945) ****
    5.Witness for the Prosecution (1957) ****
    6.Some Like It Hot (1959) ****
    7.The Apartment (1960) ****
    8.One, Two, Three (1961) ****
    9.Five Graves to Cairo (1943) ***1/2
    10.The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) ***1/2
    11.Stalag 17 (1953) ***1/2
    12.A Foreign Affair (1948) ***1/2
    13.The Major and the Minor (1942) ***1/2
    14.The Front Page (1974) ***
    15.Avanti! (1972) ***
    16.Sabrina (1954) ***
    17.The Fortune Cookie (1966) ***
    18.The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) ***
    19.Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) **1/2
    20.Love in the Afternoon (1957) **1/2
    21.The Seven Year Itch (1955) **1/2
    22.Buddy Buddy (1981) **1/2


    I've yet to watch SUNSET BLVD., SOME LIKE IT HOT and THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES on DVD which, ironically, are the only decent "Special Editions" available so far of Wilder's work.

    From the rest of his filmography, I have IRMA LA DOUCE (1963) on VHS and have missed out on TV screenings of THE EMPEROR WALTZ (1948) and FEDORA (1978) over the years[​IMG]!
     
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    Updated Master list...............................
     
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    The Apartment (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sunset Blvd. (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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