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Directing is the provenance of younger guys. When I broke into film, I had no specific genius. I was just young. That's how I did it. The studios feel that movies are all about a youth movement, and they always have. That's why Orson Welles
got to make Citizen Kane
(1941) at 25. It's also why Billy Wilder
at the end of his career, when he was smarter, wittier and more energetic than most ...
The night he won his Academy Award for directing The French Connection
(1971), he was riding with his manager when their Rolls-Royce broke down several miles from the ceremony. They had to hitch a ride from a driver at a gas station in order to arrive in time.
Infamous for his volatile, provocative behavior on film sets