In 1988, Oscar-winning German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum") sat down with legendary director Billy Wilder at his office in Beverly Hills, California and turned on his camera for a series of filmed interviews. The conversation went on for two weeks. The results were aired on German TV in 1992 and debuted on U.S. television when it was shown on Turner Classic Movies in 2006. We are presented with a generous smattering of film clips, rare photographs and artwork, but mostly Wilder just sits in his office and talks with the off screen Schlondorff, moving easily between English and German. Clips shown include: "Double Indemnity," "The Lost Weekend," "A Foreign Affair," "Sunset Blvd.," "Ace in the Hole." "Stalag 17," "Sabrina," "Witness for the Prosecution," "Some Like It Hot," and "The Apartment." Wilder discusses all these films, and the actors in them as well. Mostly, Wilder offers his philosophy of movie making from one of its undisputed masters. As one might expect from... Written by
Director Volker Schlondorff interviews legendary director Billy Wilder over a two week period and gets his thoughts on his films, writing and various other things. Overall it's a nice chat with Wilder but several times the director goes off topic with stuff that's not really interesting. I hoped there would be more of a commentary on his films but that's not the case, although he does have a few good thoughts on Monroe, Bogart doing comedy and other things.
This is now available on DVD and can also be seen on TCM.
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