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Billy Wilder

Projections 4½ : In association with Positif: Film-makers on Film-making

Faber & Faber Limited, 1995

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... That means working sixteen hours a day. No sleep. I'll be dead on my feet. Please remember that your good friend Wilder is about sixteen years older than the Pope....

Other Archers

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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2

... Alex Korda stayed when he was in town. The Archers, who had once been provincial film-makers, were trying to become international moguls like him.‘their films had colour’, Billy Wilder, interview with KM, January 1992.‘their films had...

Being Hungarian is not Enough

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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2

... set himself the task of learning twenty new words a day and ticked them off in a little pocket dictionary he had bought from a stall outside the Café Colisée in Paris. Billy Wilder has recounted that initially his own conversation in English...

Friends and Mentors

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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2

... afford it. Billy Wilder is on record as saying that his favourite Berlin recreation was playing dominoes and eating cold Leberwurst sandwiches. Similarly Emmerich watched football, went to the opera, or just sat with friends on the terrace...

Knowing Where To Go

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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2

... not mean that he totally rejected alterations. He was – unlike his peers Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges – open to suggestions once the script was in the hands of the actors, though he insisted that they consult him before any decision...

The Teller of the Tale

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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0

...I am the teller of the tale, not the creator of the story.Emeric was introduced into the Korda circle by the composer Miklós Rózsa, who scored most of London Films' prestige productions after 1936. Rózsa remembered that he first came across...

Travelling

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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...The worst things that happened to me were the political consequences of events beyond my control... the best things were exactly the same.Overnight Temesvar became Timişoara and Romanian was enforced as the city's official language. All...

Divorce

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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...Demonic frenzy, moping melancholy, And moonstruck madness.In the early Fifties Arsenal Football Club entered a long slow period of decline. For seventeen years they didn't win a single cup, and the stultifying boredom of their games became...

Endings

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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......Now, here is the lake, and I still haven't changed! The Life and Death of Colonel BlimpWhen I think of my grandfather I can't help thinking of Shoemaker's Cottage at the same time. He and his house resembled each other: small and squat...

Beginnings

Emeric Pressburger : The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

Faber and Faber Limited, 1994

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...My discovery of England... put new life into my most intimate memories.Vladimir Nabokov: The Real Life of Sebastian KnightKine Weekly, October 1942:It was a hectic period last week for Michael Powell on the Turkish bath sequence in The Life...