- Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster (22. Oktober 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0743217098
- ISBN-13: 978-0743217095
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 2,5 x 24,4 cm
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Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder: A Personal Biography (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. Oktober 2002
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A portrait of controversial Hollywood legend Billy Wilder introduces readers to the man behind the camera that shot "Some Like It Hot" and "Sunset Boulevard," among other classic American films.
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Charlotte Chandler is the author of three previous books, HELLO, I MUST BE GOING, GROUCHO AND HIS FRIENDS, THE ULTIMATE SEDUCTION, and I, FELINI. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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1906 in ärmlichen Verhältnissen in Polen geboren, gestorben 2002 als Hollywood-Legende. Man muss kein Billy Wilder Fan sein um dieses Buch zu mögen. Seine Filme laufen noch heute regelmäßig im Fernsehen und bestimmt kennt jeder den Klassiker "Some like it hot" (um hier nur einen zu nennen). Hier erfährt man welche Schauspieler sich Wilder ursprünglich in seinen Filmen vorgestellt hat und warum es oft zu einer anderen Wahl kam. Warum Marilyn Monroe ihm das Leben schwer gemacht hat, er es aber nie bereut hat mit ihr zu drehen.
Charlotte Chandler ist mit Nobody's Perfect eine großartige Künstler-Biographie gelungen. Sie hat Wilder persönlich gekannt und dieses Buch ist die beste Gelegenheit für den Leser ihn etwas kennen lernen zu dürfen.
Mit vielen Fotos und guter Einteilung seiner Lebensabschnitte.
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It was only as a result of seeing Wilder's films that I discovered what Sarris was really saying was that the director was both too versatile and too successful -- and it didn't help that his approach to directing films was as a writer rather than as a visual artist.
Reading Charlotte Chandler's oral history of Wilder's career, I was impressed with Billy Wilder's ability to be able to create iconic native masterpieces of film noir (DOUBLE INDEMNITY) and Hollywood Gothic (SUNSET BOULEVARD) without the benefit of growing up in the United States. While his later comedies (such as SOME LIKE IT HOT) owe much to his collaboration with Lubitsch, Hawks, and Mitchell Leisen, Wilder developed his own style of comedy and retained his ability to make good films well into his eighties.
In the chapter on SUNSET BOULEVARD, actress Nancy Olson makes an astute comment: "Billy said, 'Every character in SUNSET BOULEVARD is an opportunist.' It seemed to me that what he is saying is that this picture is not only about opportunism, but about ... the consequences of it."
A little light bulb went on in my mind. Wilder's films are all, in their own way, about opportunism. Walter Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson take advantage of each other for their own nefarious ends in DOUBLE INDEMNITY. In picture after picture, I see a pattern of characters using one another with interesting results, with the ultimate example being Kirk Douglas in ACE IN THE HOLE.
Chandler's interviews are mostly interesting, though the intrusion of plot summaries in the middle of each chapter is intrusive: These should have been relegated to the Filmography in the back of the book. I was disturbed that Chandler did not see fit to add any of her own observations about Wilder except insofar as to provide a segue for the many quotes. Still, it is both a useful and entertaining book and a valuable addition to the literature about this fascinating filmmaker.
One gets the distinct impression it was far more important for Charlotte to "get to know" these interview subjects than it was for her to write this book. What makes me think that? Perhaps it's the photos of Charlotte and several of her interviewees sprinkled throughout this book.
On the whole, "personal" seems to be shorthand for "lazy."
For each of the main films that Wilder directed, produced, or served as screen writer, a plot outline is given, and they appear in smaller print, indented,so that they can be easily located.
Chandler's book contains a filmography which lists all of Billy Wilder's movies.
Two important collaborators who worked closely with Wilder for a number of years were Charles Brackett, who was a Harvard Law School graduate, and I.A.L. Diamond, whose humorous pieces in the Screen Writer's Guild magazine attracted Billy Wilder.
Some persons Wilder worked with found him to be too much of a disciplinarian, but nevertheless respected his film making knowledge and his intelligence and versatility.
Billy Wilder worked with some of the most respected actors of his time, his favorite being Jack Lemmon.
Wilder was somewhat of a risk taker, dealing with topics that were at that time considered prohibitive, such as adultery, alcoholism. and prostitution.
The expression "Nobody's Perfect" in Chandler's title is the last line in the film Some Like It Hot, which was directed and produced by Wilder. Other well known of his films are Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, The Seven Year Itch, Witness for the Prosecution, and The Apartment.
Double Indemnity was nominated for seven Oscars, including best director (Billy Wilder) and best screenplay (Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler). When this film appeared, Alfred Hitchcock said,
"The two most important words in movies are Billy Wilder."
Charlotte Chandler's manner of grinding out personal biographies does not impress me. As a biography of Billy Wilder, I would instead recommend Cameron Crowe's "Conversations with Wilder."
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