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In honour of the new digital restoration of his classic Some Like It Hot ­ screening here from Friday 2 November ­ we celebrate the genius of Billy Wilder, one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of the Hollywood Golden Age.

Born in 1906 in Sucha, Austria ­ in what is now Poland ­ Wilder fled Nazi Germany to come to Hollywood as a screenwriter, and penned some of the most sophisticated comedy romances of the thirties. He often claimed that he became a director to stop others butchering his scripts, and co-wrote all of his films, most often in tandem with his regular writing partners I. A. L. Diamond and Charles Brackett.

Wilder only directed 25 films in a 40 year long career, but the emphasis was on quality ­ he authored a steady stream of genre-hopping classics, from sophisticated romantic comedies Sabrina and The Apartment to savage media indictment Ace in the Hole and Double Indemnity, the quintessential film noir.

Perhaps best of all, the biting Sunset Boulevard remains arguably the greatest movie ever made about Hollywood, full of endlessly quotable Oscar-winning dialogue and daring narrative leaps, and will surely endure as long as cinema itself

 

Buy any three (or more) films in this season and get 15% off
Buy any six (or more) films in this season and get 25% off
Buy any nine (or more) films in this season and get 35% off
These packages are available online, in person and on the phone, on both full price and concession tickets. Tickets must all be bought at the same time.

One, Two, Three


Billy Wilder


U


110 mins

The Apartment


Billy Wilder


PG


125 mins

The Front Page


Billy Wilder


12A


105 mins

The Seven Year Itch


Billy Wilder


PG


102 mins

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