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Some critics scoff at Crowe (who cried while directing emotional scenes in Jerry Maguire) for taking on the cynic Wilder. But they're brothers under the skin. Both leaped from popular music journalism to directing. Both incorporate actual events in their films. Wilder keenly regrets not filming this scene in The Spirit of St. Louis, which he claims really happened: the night before his historic flight, Lindbergh's handlers talked a pretty waitress into having sex with him. They claimed he was a virgin, and likely to die on his voyage. In the hero's parade upon his return, she waves at him through the ticker-tape, but he doesn't see her. "Would have been a good scene," mourns Wilder. Without this book, we'd never have known about it. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I recommend this book to any student of film of any age & anyone who just loves movies.
That book is as much about how the movies were made as about the man who made them. "Conversations With Wilder" is just that.
Also, very nice graphic design, layout and photographs that complement the subject matter throughout the book.
For fans of Billy Wilder's movies and of his shrewd and witty take on life in and out of movies, this book is indispensable.Published 15 days ago by Stephen J. Whitfield
While this book is very much one for film fans, the key to its success is that Wilder plays along with the interviews and at times clearly enjoys the conversations with a much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill Kay
I had to have this book because of my over-the-top enjoyment of the movie Some Like It Hot, which Wilder directed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cindy Stephens
This is a great book. Go to page 357 and see Mr. Wilder's tips for writers.
As a filmmaker it has been such a joy to read Mr. Crowe's CONVERSATIONS WITH WILDER. Read more
Though less clear than Truffaut's book on Hitchcock (mainly because of Wilder's lack of interest in explaining himself) 'Conversations with Wilder' does echo that landmark book. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Martin Koolhoven
Enthusiastically recommended by Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies, the Hollywood Reporter, et.al. Read morePublished on November 19, 2006 by Richard Green
This book really allows the reader to visualize the type of person Wilder is. His character shines through in his words. Read morePublished on August 11, 2005 by Stephanie Perryman
With this book, you see what a huge difference great writing makes when it comes to films. Crowe and Wilder are both articulate, thoughtful, and in love with film and words. Read morePublished on July 7, 2005 by K. Ahn
In the tradition of Hitchcock/Truffaut, a young master of the craft interviews an old one. One difference from the earlier book, Wilder's productive career was over, so covered... Read morePublished on July 26, 2002 by J. Foley