The Lubitsch Touch

Ernst Lubitsch was a director in the golden age of cinema. He started directing films in Germany, then came to America during the peak of the silent era and directed some of the great classics of that time. He transitioned gracefully into the era of the talkie, but "the Lubitsch touch" has little to do... Continue Reading →

Screenwriter Profile: Billy Wilder

The Writer: Billy Wilder is one of the great legends of screenwriting. His mix of classic comedies and riveting dramas set the standard for excellence in writing and directing. Wilder was born in what is now Poland. He originally intended to become a lawyer then spent several years working as a journalist. He turned to... Continue Reading →

Quote of the Day: Billy Wilder

Film’s thought of as a director’s medium because the director creates the end product that appears on the screen. It’s that stupid auteur theory again, that the director is the author of the film. But what does the director shoot—the telephone book? Writers became much more important when sound came in, but they’ve had to put up a valiant fight to get the credit they deserve.

10 Writing Tips from the Great Billy Wilder

Scott Myers of GoIntotheStory.com recently posted this list of ten writing tips passed down by the amazing Billy Wilder. Wilder was the scribe behind such classics as Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, The Seven Year Itch, Sabrina, and Double Indemnity, to name a few.

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