Tag Archives: Billy Wilder

The Apartment

In a 1995 interview packaged as part of Arrow Academy’s new restoration of The Apartment, Billy Wilder remembers a scene from David Lean’s Brief Encounter, a ‘black and white, very simple’ movie that he considers one of that director’s greatest. He and I have very

His Girl Friday

As Howard Hawk’s His Girl Friday opens, we are graced with a silent film style inter-title that announces that the following takes place in a world where Journalists have become an unscrupulous kind who care little of the people around them. What now reads as

Cinema Eclectica 87 – A Seaworthy Vessel of Scuzz

Between the madness of being a bit ill and accidentally suggesting necrophilia, it’s something of an eventful show. This week we look at Billy Wilder’s “Fedora”, William Klein’s art-house oddity “Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?”, Richard Wenk’s 1980s high-camp horror “Vamp”, and Whit Stillman’s divisive

Ace in the Hole

Films come and go regardless of their quality; the rare exceptions to this are films that capture the mood of the time without getting bogged down in the stylised machinations of culture or fashion. Failing this, perfectly satirising an easily corruptible medium also works. For