Tag Archives: Billy Wilder

Witness for the Prosecution

Damn you!  Damn you! In what may be the first spoiler alert in film history, Witness for the Prosecution (1957) ends with a narrator telling the audience not to spill the beans or else ruin the experience for everyone else.  It’s been … Continue reading

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The Seven Year Itch

Aw, not me, not me. And I’m not gunna smoke either. While I would consider myself a big Billy Wilder fan, I was surprised to find The Seven Year Itch (1955), an adaptation of a play by George Axelrod, to be rather slight.  The … Continue reading

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One, Two, Three

Schlemmer! Writer/director Billy Wilder is known for his ability to bring the best to every genre he takes on, but most of all, he is known for his comedies.  The secret to his other successes may be that he brings his razor-sharp … Continue reading

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Stalag 17

Two packs of cigarettes say they don’t get out of the forest. I almost went with one of the earliest lines in the movie: “What gets me is that there never was a movie about POWs – about prisoners of … Continue reading

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Ace in the Hole

Bad news sells best because good news is no news. Oh, Criterion Collection, what are you doing to me?  Sometimes you give me junk, sometimes gold, this time it’s a silver classic.  It’s a story about a jaded newspaper reporter … Continue reading

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