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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.
One of the great film books about one of the greatest directors of all time.Published 25 days ago by Kenneth Trammell
Not as amusing as I would have liked, he's known for his humor. But very interesting and work-savvy and revelatory.Published 15 months ago by Hank
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 18 months 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 20 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 24 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