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Billy Wilder

Director, Actor

Major and the Minor, TheMajor and the Minor, The (1942) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson
Billy Wilder’s first film is a dexterous screwball gem: the delectable Ginger Rogers plays a spunky woman posing as a child so she can afford a…
Five Graves to CairoFive Graves to Cairo (1943)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim
Rousing early outing for Billy Wilder; a nimble, well–executed piece of WWII propaganda exaggerating the exploits of a British corporal officer…
Double IndemnityDouble Indemnity (1944) Aro Favourite
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
The jewel in the crown of all things film noir has hardly dated an iota despite countless imitations. You'll savour each moment as…
Lost Weekend, TheLost Weekend, The (1945) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Howard da Silva
Would–be novelist Ray Milland's personal frustrations bring on a three day drinking binge of desperate, terrifying proportions. Laced with a…
Sunset BoulevardSunset Boulevard (1950) Aro Favourite
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim
Faded screen vamp Gloria Swanson and screenwriter William Holden exploit each other mercilessly in this searing dissection of Hollywood decadence,…
Marilyn Monroe CollectionMarilyn Monroe Collection (Bus Stop, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, Let's Make it Legal, Monkey Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, There's No Business Like Show Business) (1951-1959)
Dir. Billy Wilder, Joshua Logan, Otto Preminger
Feat. Marilyn Monroe
Eight Marilyn classics in a specially–priced box set.
Ace in the HoleAce in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) Aro Favourite
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Porter Hall
Cast in a hole until recently, this scathing editorial on media sensationalism and the human spectacle stars Kirk Douglas (never fiercer) as a…
Stalag 17Stalag 17 (1952) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger
Sophisticated WW2 film in which comedy and suspense make uneasy but fascinating bedfellows. William Holden leads imprisoned American G.Is who plan…
SabrinaSabrina (1954)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden
Cinderella–ish comic yarn with a dream cast and director. Audrey Hepburn plays a humble chauffeur's daughter who wins the affections of noble…
Seven Year Itch, TheSeven Year Itch, The (1955)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell
Marilyn Monroe gives plenty of dumb blonde for this comedy about a married man (Tom Ewell) who has a fling with you–know–who.
Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. James Stewart
Jimmy Stewart embraces the pioneering spirit of Charles Lindberg in this lovingly detailed biography of the first man to cross the Atlantic.
Witness for the ProsecutionWitness for the Prosecution (1957) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
Tense courtroom thriller, with Tyrone Power in the dock, defended by Charles Laughton, and consoled by wife Marlene Dietrich. Agatha Christie's story…
Love in the AfternoonLove in the Afternoon (1957) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier
Dark horse Audrey Hepburn classic sees dir. Billy Wilder riff Ernst Lubitsch by way of Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier (a wall fixture of…
Some Like It HotSome Like It Hot (1959) Aro Favourite
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe
One of the great comedies, in which Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress as women and join an all–girl travelling jazz band in order to escape the…
Apartment, TheApartment, The (1960) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine
Neurotic insurance clerk Jack Lemmon wheedles his way up the corporate ladder by loaning his apartment keys to philandering executives, unknowing…
One, Two, ThreeOne, Two, Three (1961) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin
James Cagney is marvellous as a zealous Coke executive in Germany, keen on penetrating the Russian market, but mortified when his boss's daughter…
Irma La DouceIrma La Douce (1963)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine, Tura Satana
On patrol in the red–light district of Paris, gendarme Jack Lemmon pines after whore–with–a–heart–of–gold Shirley…
Kiss Me, StupidKiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Dean Martin, Kim Novak
Philandering crooner Dean Martin shows interest in an aspiring songwriter, but only in order to bed his wife. Silly sex farce, though from talented…
Fortune Cookie, The (1966)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
Comical cynicism by the experts: the magical trio of Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau (who won an Oscar), and dir. Wilder. When Lemmon suffers a football…
Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, ThePrivate Life of Sherlock Holmes, The (1970)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page
Late period Billy Wilder (THE APARTMENT) applies his ironic sensibility, with less acid than usual, to the mind of Conan Doyle's detecting hero and…
AvantiAvanti (1972)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills
Neglected upon release, but now no more, this late Billy Wilder comedy, Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills connect in a Mediterranean resort, where each…
Front Page, TheFront Page, The (1974)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Susan Sarandon
Regular odd couple Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau jostle on screen in this snappy remake of HIS GIRL FRIDAY, playing reporters in the midst of a…
FedoraFedora (1978) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. William Holden, Marthe Keller, Jose Ferrer
Fascinating later work from dir. Wilder, in which an impoverished film producer travels to the Greek islands to track down an elusive European star…

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