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Nobody’s Perfect

Today is Billy Wilder's birthday.

He was born in 1906, and so would be turning 100 today. I wonder what he would have had to say to that. If you haven't heard of Billy Wilder, and you don't live sans DVD player, VCR, TV with access to TMC, or near the AFI movie theaters, please make sure to fill this horrendous gap in your movie exposure immediately. Even if you've just sort of, vaguely, hm, that name seems familiar-like, come across Billy Wilder or think you may, may, have seen one of his movies once but aren't sure, please take a moment now to marvel at his work.

You've looked him up on IMDB now, right? Ok then. Now go rent all his movies on Netflix. And complain ceaselessly that Ace in the Hole is not available and can only be found in the strange back alley DVD places of the Internet.

Because missing out on Billy Wilder means missing out on "one of the most articulate, enjoyable and influential oeuvres in the history of the American cinema" not to mention lots of great, hard-hitting cynicism and humor. I love that Wilder could find the humorous glints in the darkness of films like Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, and The Lost Weekend and the black shadows underlying the laughs in The Apartment, One, Two, Three, and Some Like it Hot and make a great movie either way. His movies are movies I will watch and treasure all my life. 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Wilder! 


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