The Films of Billy Wilder – Part 2: 1945–1966
Billy Wilder has been called one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Nominated for a total of 21 Academy Awards, he won 6, and with The Apartment became only the second person to win Academy Awards as producer, director, and screenwriter for the same film. His credits as a writer are no less impressive. He co-wrote the screenplays for Ninotchka, the seminal American film noir Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, Witness for the Prosecution, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and Irma La Douce, among many other films. Equally adept at writing and directing dramas and comedies, Wilder took on subjects other filmmakers shied away from, creating a body of work that is timeless. In this follow-up course, we’ll look at six more Wilder classics: The Lost Weekend; Stalag 17; Witness for the Prosecution; One, Two, Three; Irma la Douce; and The Fortune Cookie.
Cary Pepper is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction writer. His plays have been presented throughout the United States and internationally. He’s a four-time contributor to the Best American Short Plays series from Applause Books, and he’s published dozens of articles as well as other nonfiction.