The museum of modern art film library will present sixteen billy wilder films from. Diamond wilder and diamond are one of hollywoods legendary writing partnerships. The apartment is a fantastic wilder film brought to life with his trademark cynicism, humour, tender romance and great performances from shirley maclaine and jack lemmon. Wilder has an average commute time of about 25 minutes. The apartment 1960 by billy wilder dakota smith arth 334 understanding movies professor ivana. As billy wilder has repeatedly acknowledged, the opening sequence of.
Cameron crowe, director of jerry maguire, loves billy wilder s films so much hes written a book about them. The effervescent comic charm of jack lemmon and quirky beauty of shirley maclaine give the film a palatable sweetness while she would be given more glamorous treatment in later films, maclaine was never more adorable than she was here, but. Diamond for educational and research purposes only. Wilder had wanted to film the story detailed in the apartment at least since the mid 1940s, when a viewing of david leans a brief encounter 1945 caused his mind to wander from the couple engaged in an extramarital affair onscreen to the unseen character who rented out his apartment out to the protagonists for their illicit meetings 1. Diamond the apartment tells the touching story of down on his luck clerk c.
To me, billy wilder is synonymous with the best of what hollywood offered during the midcentury golden era. The apartment is a fantastic wilder film brought to life with his trademark cynicism, humour, tender romance and. The screenwriting journal hi, im halil and this is my personal journal where i. Billy wilders the apartment continues to hold a special place in our. The apartment is a 1960 american romantic comedydrama film produced and directed by billy wilder from a screenplay he cowrote with i. Diamond the apartment a desk computer a mans hand is punching out a series of figures on the keyboard. This shot is quoted from king vidors silent film the.
Billy wilder s the apartment, a caustic critique spiced with enough ingratiating notes to become a box office hit and academy award juggernaut, the apartment chronicles c. Louis, some like it hot, the seven year itch, double indemnity, and ace in the hole, among many others. After beginning his film career in germany, he came to the u. The jerry maguire director loves billy wilders films so much hes written a book about them. From 1938 to 1950, he collaborated with screenwriter and producer charles brackett. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of the hollywood golden age of cinema. Cain novel by director wilder and novelist raymond chandler, it tells the story of an insurance salesman, played by fred macmurray, who is lured into a murderforinsurance plot by barbara. Jack lemmon scores in billy wilder film by bosley crowther. A fascinating early script draft for sunset boulevard, billy wilders classic 1950 film noir with gloria swanson and william holden. City at night a hearse of late twenties vintage is proceeding at a dignified pace along a halfdeserted wintry street. In one scene macmurray was supposed to tip a shoeshine man and the script called for him to flip him a quarter.
Very few researchers have dealt with diegetic music in billy wilders cinema. What i learned reading billy wilders the apartment screenplay. Bud baxter is a minor clerk in a huge new york insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. The apartment won three oscars for billy wilder as producer, director, and coscreenwriter. Locating billy wilders cinematic austria in the apartment, the private life of sherlock holmes, and fedora.
A key revelation scene from my favorite movie, the 1960 the apartment, written by billy wilder and i. When billy wilder made the apartment in 1960, the organization man was still a current term. Billy wilder papers, margaret herrick library, academy of motion picture arts and sciences. Synopsis moviewise, there has never been anything like it laughwise, lovewise, or otherwisewise. Thus, revisiting billy wilders much celebrated, luminous romantic comedy the apartment recently, i was admittedly captured less by the romantic or comedic aspects of the beloved classic, but caught more with a profound, nostalgic sense of empathy towards its sleazy, softspoken and at first glance disgraceful protagonist c. Inside the hearse, there are four somber men in black and. Dear every screenwriterfilmmaker, read billy wilder and i. Diamond once aptly described wilder s style as a blend of the sweet and the sour. Sunset boulevard preliminary draft with original opening scenes and montgomery clift listed on cast sheet, 1948.
The apartment screenplay pdf by billy wilder and i. Here, exclusively for the guardian, he explains how he got the inside track on the apartment, his favourite of them all wilders celebrated collaborator i. Here, exclusively for the guardian, he explains how he got the inside track on the apartment, his favourite of them all wilder s celebrated collaborator i. A consummate screenwriter, who eventually evolved into one of the leading directors and producers, wilder has made film classics that have endured into our collective consciousness. Apartment, the undated draft written by billy wilder,i. The apartment is a 1960 film with a script written by billy wilder to be later directed by him also. Billy wilder claimed that fred macmurray was a very stingy man in real life and liked to relate an amusing incident from the filming of the picture. Here, exclusively for the guardian, he explains how he got the inside track on the apartment, his. Billy wilder was an austrianborn director, screenwriter, and producer most active in film from the 1930s through 1970s. Bud baxters tragicomic journey up and down the corporate ladder.
Over the course of billy wilders nearly 60year career as a director, he made a number of films that are now regarded as classics, including the spirit of st. On every level writing, direction, acting double indemnity 1944 is a triumph and stands as one of the greatest achievements in billy wilders career. Billy wilder gift set the apartment the fortune cookie. Download the 20 screenplays you can learn most from. As per usual wilder continues his magic on paper and screen in this film. Yes, you can definitely make a list of the four top billy wilder movies and it would not match what is in this set. Charles and ray eamess steelandglass concept for the director. Billy wilders the apartment, a caustic critique spiced with enough ingratiating notes to become a box office hit and academy award juggernaut, the apartment chronicles c. When macmurray couldnt get it right during shooting, wilder suggested using a bigger fifty cent piece. A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
As realized by jack lemmon, baxter emerges as the supreme conformist. The apartment faber classic screenplay, billy wilder the apartment is a 1960 romantic comedydrama film produced and directed by billy wilder from a screenplay he cowrote with i. Diamond, starring jack lemmon and shirley maclaine. Diamond once aptly described wilders style as a blend of the sweet and the sour. However, one film in particular seemed to be tailormade for his off center yet still amicable approach to filmmaking while. Acquisition information acquired by the library, 2008 biography billy wilder was an austrianborn director, screenwriter, and producer most active in film from the 1930s through 1970s. A look at billy wilders the apartment, officewise once. Billy wilders the apartment 1960 the directors series. A simply typed warning from wilder and screenwriter charles brackett graces the cover page. Baxter, one of the 31,259 employees of the consolidated life of new york insurance company. A look at billy wilders the apartment, officewise on november 1st, 1959, the population of new york city is 8,042,783. The apartment is a romantic comedy and whilst not the first it did set something of a standard for the genre, which many films have oft tried to reach but few have ever done so.
Billy wilder was an austrianborn american filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than fifty years and sixty films. Many residents 53% commute to work by car, while public transit is not extensively used. Among his most notable films are double indemnity, the lost weekend, sunset boulevard, the apartment, and some like it hot. Billy wilders the apartment, a caustic critique spiced with enough ingratiating notes to become a box office hit and academy award juggernaut, the. With the apartment, wilder became the first person to win academy awards as. Following some like it hot they would go on to oscar success with the apartment and write the screenplays for a string of 60s comedies from one, two, three to the fortune cookie. Billy wilder always liked to thread a strong streak of cynicism through his comedies, and he rarely made a film with a darker undertow than the apartment.
Cameron crowe, director of jerry maguire, loves billy wilders films so much hes written a book about them. Ninotchka undated shooting draft written by melchior lengyel,charles brackett,billy wilder,walter reisch. Baxter, who finds himself in a variety of increasingly frantic situations. The perfect discords of billy wilders comedy films sfu. It is hard to recall a film so honored that is also so cynical spoiler alert. Billy wilder, austrianborn american motionpicture director and producer known for films that humorously treat subjects of controversy and offer biting indictments of hypocrisy in american life. Sheldrake fred macmurray begins using baxters apartment in exchange for promoting him, baxter is disappointed to learn that sheldrakes mistress is fran kubelik shirley maclaine, the elevator girl at work whom baxter is interested. Baxter jack lemmon lends his upper west side apartment to company bosses to use for extramarital affairs. One of the opening shots in the movie shows baxter as one of a vast horde of wage slaves, working in a room where the desks line up in parallel rows almost to the vanishing point.93 475 1296 1129 40 88 1105 503 930 444 866 261 1324 149 722 1317 1295 795 152 1070 504 1438 1265 1505 558 1302 165 609 1369 886 401 937 1080 1274 532 597 1165 457