7 Things You Must Steal From Billy Wilder – Raindance

The new year is a time for resolutions -or anti-resolutions. I made several (of the former), two of which are: (1) that I would work out more and (2) that I would, as much as possible, only watch movies that I have never seen before. (So long, ritual viewings of Mamma Mia.) The first month of the year is almost over and I failed on both counts, and at the same time too, as I decided that time was better spent watching “Some Like It Hot”, “Sunset Boulevard” and “The Apartment” than going for a run (like that’s even a question).

All these films are some of my favourite films ever made (alongside Mamma Mia, as was stated before, albeit for very different, almost antagonistic reasons) and they’ve all been made by the same man: Billy Wilder.

He was one of the most prominent filmmakers of the 20th century and, if his filmography wasn’t enough, he had six Academy Awards to his name to prove it (in three fields, writing, directing and producing). He had a singular voice marked with acerbic wit, and a deeply ironic worldview that permeated through the reels. Here are 7 things you can and MUST learn from him to become the next triple-threat filmmaker.

Read the rest on the Raindance blog.

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