Hollywood Voices | Interviews with stars of the Golden Age of American Cinema
CHANNEL | Other
RECORDED | circa 1978
DURATION | 46 minutes 14 seconds
In this unedited recording, David Rayvern Allen chats with Austrian-born writer and film director Billy Wilder, whose credits include 'Sunset Boulevard' (1950), 'The Seven Year Itch' (pictured above with Marilyn Monroe, 1955) and 'Some Like It Hot' (1959). Wilder's conversation covers many topics, including the rise of Hitler, the rate of film production during Hollywood's peak, the 'star system', the advent of corporate-driven television and the state of the US economy. He goes into detail about the 'tightly run fortresses' of studio heads Louis B Mayer, Harry Cohn and Samuel Goldwyn and speculates on how the movie moguls would have coped with the lack of censorship visible in modern pictures.
This unedited interview is presented as it was originally recorded. Therefore, there are changes in the sound levels and there may be some interruptions and interference from background noise. Parts of this interview were used in the 1979 documentary 'Movie Moguls'.
In 1961, Billy Wilder won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Oscars for 'The Apartment'. As of the 2010 Academy Awards, only six other film-makers have achieved this 'triple' for one film: Leo McCarey (for 'Going My Way' in 1945), Francis Ford Coppola (for 'The Godfather Part II' in 1975), James L Brooks (for 'Terms of Endearment' in 1984), Peter Jackson (for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' in 2004) and brothers Joel and Ethan Coen (for 'No Country for Old Men' in 2008).
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