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  1. Sean Sean says:

    To compare this book to HitchcockTruffaut or Bogdanovich interviewing Welles is absurd Wilder is intermittently interesting but Cameron Crowe is an insuffurable jackass fascinated in showing how much Wilder likes him than in actually asking any good uestionsMostly this is a book of gossip about movie stars It feels like a third of the book is spent talking about Marilyn Monroe The biggest problem is that Wilder doesn't have an interest in analyzing his films He warms up to Crowe eventually and clearly likes the idea that people might want to read what he has to say so he's happy to answer uestions and talk but he's just not personally interested in covering any of this material Mostly we're left with ancient Hollywood gossipAnd we're left with plenty of Crowe trying to convince Wilder that the attitude expressed in his films must be related to a single powerful event from his childhood and what was it? Crowe is full of ideas about what makes Wilder tick and spends page after page trying to convince Wilder he's rightThen we have the endless 'informative' passages where Crowe describes going to Wilder's office hanging out with Wilder's wife going out to dinner with them etc It reads like the longest most boring Rolling Stone interview of all timeWilder has some good one liners and here and there we get some compelling info about how he went about making great movies like Double Indemnity The Apartment and Sunset Blvd so at least it's not a total loss

  2. kabukigal kabukigal says:

    This is a marvelous book Crowe was the perfect person to do this book as he has years of experience as a journalist and as a writerdirector of film He was able to ask some tough uestions of Wilder as a journalist but also had huge insights into the realities of both writing and directing films that no journalist would ever have I felt like I was sitting right there in the room with the two of them I found the snippets of Billy's wife Audrey who was sometimes nearby wonderful as well

  3. Steve Schechter Steve Schechter says:

    WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE BUT TRUST ME IT’S WORTH ITLouis B Mayer was pissed He was holding forth on a staircase after the first Hollywood premiere of Sunset Boulevard How dare this young man Billy Wilder bite the hand that feeds him Mayer felt a hand on his shoulder He turned and saw a shorter man with large glasses and even bigger eyes The man said “Mr Mayer I’m Mr Wilder Why don’t you go and fuck yourself”Brilliant anecdotes like this populate the pages of Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe A looser and personal cousin of HitchcockTruffaut Conversations with Wilder is filled with the acid wit and beautiful beating heart of its subjectCameron Crowe an excellent writer director himself got a reluctant Wilder to sit for a series of interviews in 1998 The idea was for Crowe to write an article and possibly a book Wilder agreed because it was suggested by a friend Karen Lerner and he was impressed by Crowe’s most recent film Jerry MaguireCrowe asks Wilder about his entire filmography albeit in a scattered fashion His subject is much interested in discussing his hits instead of his misses So touchstones like Double Indemnity Sunset Boulevard The Apartment and Some Like it Hot get plenty of space But he really sparks when he's discussing his mentor Ernst LubitschWilder and his partner at the time Charles Brackett wrote two films for Lubitsch including the classic Ninotchka It was from Lubitsch where Wilder learned to let the audience figure out that two plus two euals four He learned the light airy Lubitsch touch where jokes build on top of one another and come in unsuspecting ways Wilder even had a sign hanging over the door to his office that read ‘How Would Lubitsch Do It?’One of the funniest stories takes place after a preview for Ninotchka Lubitsch Wilder and Brackett were sitting in the MGM limo outside the theater and going through the comment cards which were very positive After reading one of the cards Lubitsch let out a huge laugh Then he read the card which said “Funniest picture I ever saw So funny that I peed in my girlfriend’s hand”Along with the jokes which come fast and funny from Wilder are the stories of what could have been Wilder was never able to get his friend Cary Grant in one of his films Grant just didn’t want to break out of the Cary Grant persona to take on a Billy Wilder film Now while I love Humphrey Bogart can you imagine Cary Grant in Sabrina? The heart weeps Speaking of Bogart Wilder spills a fair amount of tea about the legend Bogart was coming over to Paramount from Warner Brothers and had a mammoth chip on his shoulder Wilder refers to him as “that son of a bitch Bogart” and recalls how the actor did his best to make life tough for everyone on the set Another little known fact is Bogart used to spit when he talked I look for it now when I watch a Bogart filmThere is of course plenty of discussion about Marilyn Monroe She could be difficult but the end result was worth it according to Wilder She might not show up to the studio until four in the afternoon because she said she got lost Or she might need sixty takes to deliver a three word line like “It’s me Sugar” but the good outweighed the bad Wilder speaks with affection for Monroe and while playfully adversarial the affection was returned Such as when Monroe wrapped up a phone conversation with Wilder’s wife Audrey with “Oh and tell Billy to go fuck himself”There is plenty of discussion about film techniue but not nearly as much as in HitchcockTruffaut The biggest difference between the two books is in the personal material Crowe leads Wilder into discussing his marriage former girlfriends and a family history filled with tragedy Most of Wilder’s family were killed in the Holocaust including his mother Wilder knew the clock was running on your life as soon as you’re born so you better get to it The result was a life well livedThe only criticism I have of the book is it seems like Crowe is straining for uestions towards the end But in an honest fashion Crowe seems to admit as much himself It’s not lost on Wilder either “Let it go” Wilder tells him But who could blame Crowe? If you had a chance to talk to Billy Wilder about movies you’d want it to go on forever tooBilly Wilder along with Anthony Mann take up the most room in my classic film loving heart Conversations with Wilder is a goldmine of good jokes film history and creative inspiration It sits on my coffee table so it’s always close And while it’s usually only a few feet away the work of its subject is to borrow the final line from Double Indemnity “closer than that Walter”

  4. John John says:

    Tuesdays with Billy This book is a casually fascinating glimpse of two filmmakers in dialogue with the younger visiting the retired elder to study and celebrate his life and work Cameron Crowe was contemplating an autobiographical film at the time of these interviews which became Almost Famous And Billy Wilder was retired with afternoon physical therapy sessions to keep the blood flowing followed by evening martinis Crowe revisits every Wilder film to capture the thoughts of its filmmaker One of the surprises is the lack of interest in celebrating those films that were not successful with the public Some of these are fascinating and critically celebrated but Wilder's spin is pragmatic nostalgic and independent A great read if you have ever seen Double Indemnity Sunset Blvd The Apartment Some Like It Hot Stalag 17 Witness For the Prosecution Sabrina Ace in the Hole

  5. Bryce Wilson Bryce Wilson says:

    This book isn't perfect Wilder comes off as something of an asshole sometimes when he decides to talk shit about the likes of Humphrey Bogart James Cagney Fred McMurray and Steven Spielberg Of course if every asshole could create something like The Apartment which is possibly the loveliest movie ever made I'd find assholes in general alot tolerable And Crowe misses some real opportunities by missing some juicy uestions Come on did you really think Wilder wouldn't have a good Klaus Kinski story or wouldn't want to talk about The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes? But this is still an invaluable book A refreshingly honest look into the mind of a true genius While it might not reach the heights of Hitchcock Truffaunt it's still a fantastic look at the relationship between a crotchety old master and a willing eager disciple

  6. Jack Cheng Jack Cheng says:

    Wonderful conversation with a great filmmaker Took a while to read because I kept putting the book down so I could watch some of the films some for the first time some for the nth This is the man behind The Apartment Double Indemnity Witness for the Prosecution Stalag 17 Sunset Blvd Some Like It Hot and I think Sabrina is his worst film I've seen and others consider that a classic; if his worst is a classic the others must be pretty good Nice to have Crowe as the interviewer as he a knows his film history and b elicits respect from Wilder as one filmmaker talking to another

  7. Michael Mayer Michael Mayer says:

    William Holden Marilyn Monroe Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau Sunset BoulevardSome Like it Hot Double Indemnity you know you love them all Why not spend a couple evenings in the company of Billy Wilder and Cameron Crowe listening to great conversations about old Hollywood Heavily illustrated with photos of the tinseltowns greatest stars this book will have you updating your must see movies list and lingering on the TMC channel just a little longer

  8. Garrett Cash Garrett Cash says:

    Wilder is one of my top ten favorite directors and this book essentially let me spent the afternoon in his company hearing his opinions on things than I would have ever thought to ask myself The structure of the book is not perfect and some serious editing should have been done on some descriptive passages and repetitions from Wilder Nonetheless if you're a fan of great cinema and writingdirecting techniue from a master then this book comes highly recommended

  9. J. Bryce J. Bryce says:

    This is one of the best books I've ever read about filmmaking and filmmakers It's so obvious Cameron Crowe writer and director of Almost Famous Say Anything and many loves and respects Billy Wilder that comes through throughout this collection of interviews

  10. Steven Steven says:

    If you want a great book about early Hollywood and the writers and directors who did the best work pick this book up

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Conversations with Wilder [Download] ➻ Conversations with Wilder ➼ Billy Wilder – Conversations with Wilder an invaluable photo intensive volume is a kind of remake of Truffaut's must read interview book Hitchcock with Cameron Crowe in the inuisitive Truffaut role and wily 93 year Conversations with Wilder an invaluable photo intensive volume is a kind of remake of Truffaut's must read interview book Hitchcock with Cameron Crowe in the inuisitive Truffaut role and wily year old Billy Wilder as the crafty master director Drawing on his experience interviewing the monsters of rock and his deep shot by shot knowledge of Wilder's work Crowe Conversations with ePUB ´ gently and cunningly coaxes answers from Wilder arguably today's most influential living director on what made his hits tick and his flops suck along with glimpses of what might have been Did you know Mae West and Mary Pickford spurned Sunset Boulevard and Wilder spurned Marilyn Monroe for Irma la Douce That The Apartment was inspired by Brief Encounter and the look of Double Indemnity was based on M The gossipy insights are great too Bogart spat when he talked so Wilder couldn't back light him in Sabrina and Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe woman had to towel her off after each take discreetly Wilder loathed Raymond Chandler partly because Chandler disdained James M Cain when adapting Double Indemnity but gives him his due as a screenwriter Chandler could do dialogue and descriptions but he couldn't construct a scene He was a mess but he could write a beautiful sentence says Wilder Agatha Christie was the opposite She had structure but she lacked poetry Some critics scoff at Crowe who cried while directing emotional scenes in Jerry Maguire for taking on the cynic Wilder But they're brothers under the skin Both leaped from popular music journalism to directing Both incorporate actual events in their films Wilder keenly regrets not filming this scene in The Spirit of St Louis which he claims really happened the night before his historic flight Lindbergh's handlers talked a pretty waitress into having sex with him They claimed he was a virgin and likely to die on his voyage In the hero's parade upon his return she waves at him through the ticker tape but he doesn't see her Would have been a good scene mourns Wilder Without this book we'd never have known about it Tim Appelo.

  • Paperback
  • Conversations with Wilder
  • Billy Wilder
  • English
  • 23 August 2014
  • 9780571203864

About the Author: Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder born Samuel Wilder was a Polish born Jewish American journalist screenwriter Academy Award winning film director and producer whose career spanned than years and films He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age Many of Wilder's films achieved both critical and public acclaim.