Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

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Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

Format:  Hardcover,

446 pages

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky

Publish Date: Jan 2010

ISBN-13: 9780813125701

ISBN-10: 0813125707

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Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky
Publish Date: Jan 2010
ISBN-13: 9780813125701
ISBN-10: 0813125707
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 446
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.5


Review by Library Journal (2010-02-01)

In a typical "life and works" fashion, Phillips (Beyond the Epic: The Life & Films of David Lean; Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir) begins with biographical information about filmmaker Billy Wilder's humble beginnings in Austria, his move to Berlin, and his eventual flight from the Nazis to the United States. Phillips intertwines Wilder's life story, drawn from archival records and his interviews with Wilder, with his films (e.g., Sunset Boulevard; Sabrina; Some Like It Hot), providing a plot synopsis, quotes, anecdotes, and mildly interesting trivia for each film.

Verdict: Charlotte Chandler's Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder; A Personal Biography and Kevin Lally's Wilder Times: The Life of Billy Wilder discuss the same films and basic information Phillips compiled for this uninspired addition to Billy Wilder tributes. Not an essential purchase.

-Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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