81 Days With Oscar And Me

Every Academy Award-Winning Movie, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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Entries Tagged as 'Billy Wilder'

Apartment, The

September 21st, 2009 · No Comments · 1960, Apartment, Billy Wilder, Black and White, Comedy, Inciting Incident, Jack Lemmon, M-G-M Studios, Mid-Point, Original Screenplay, Panavision (Widescreen), Plot Point I, Plot Point II, Screenplay Structure, Shirley MacLaine, Swearing

Ah, Billy Wilder. After the length, depth, and heaviness of Ben-Hur a good Billy Wilder film is just what the doctor ordered.
As nuts as I am about Gene Kelly, I’m equally as passionate about Billy Wilder, a writer/director I’ve come to respect above all others.
Hallmarks of a Billy Wilder film include incredibly clever writing, [...]

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Lost Weekend, The

September 6th, 2009 · No Comments · 1945, Adaptation, Billy Wilder, Black and White, Composer: Miklós Rózsa, Drama, Lost Weekend, Ray Milland, Universal Pictures

If anyone wants to know the difference a great screenwriter and gifted director can make on a film, I recommend he/she watch The Broadway Melody (1929) and then The Lost Weekend (1945). In that order.
The reason why I suggested The Broadway Melody is because it, like The Lost Weekend contains very long scenes. However, [...]

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