A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder's American Films

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Berghahn Books, Apr 30, 2008 - 206 pages
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With six Academy Awards, four entries on the American Film Institute's list of 100 greatest American movies, and more titles on the National Historic Register of classic films deemed worthy of preservation than any other director, Billy Wilder counts as one of the most accomplished filmmakers ever to work in Hollywood. Yet how American is Billy Wilder, the Jewish émigré from Central Europe? This book underscores this complex issue, unpacking underlying contradictions where previous commentators routinely smoothed them out. Wilder emerges as an artist with roots in sensationalist journalism and the world of entertainment as well as with an awareness of literary culture and the avant-garde, features that lead to productive and often highly original confrontations between high and low.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 An Accented Cinema
6
Chapter 2 The Insurance Man Always Rings Twice
30
Chapter 3 In the Ruins of Berlin
54
Chapter 4 Ghosting Hollywood
76
Chapter 5 All Dressed Up and Running Wild
100
Chapter 6 Being a Mensch in the Administered World
125
Chapter 7 In the Closet of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
147
Chronology
167
Filmography
170
Bibliography
182
Index
191
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Gerd Gemünden is Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and Professor of German Studies, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Framed Visions: Popular Culture, Americanization and the Contemporary German and Austrian Imagination (1998) and editor of volumes on Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk, as well as an anthology of critical writings on Marlene Dietrich.

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