Billy Wilder: from poor Austrian journalist to Hollywood superstar

The director’s newly translated writings reveal how his life as a penniless reporter shaped his hit moviesIn an arresting scene from one of director Billy Wilder’s most famous films, Some Like It Hot, Marilyn Monroe sashays along a Chicago railway station platform in a figure-hugging outfit, leaving Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis gobsmacked.Until now, few have made the connection between this scene and some of Wilder’s own experiences as a young Austrian journalist in the 1920s.

This month, the first major collection of Wilder’s journalism ever published will reveal the way his early writings shaped and influenced memorable scenes, characters and plots from films he later wrote and directed, including Sunset Boulevard and The Apartment.

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