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Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American film noir starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper. it was the first time Billy Wilder was involved in a project as a writer, producer, and director. Although it is most often viewed as a portrait of rotten and cynical journalism, it’s often lost that the film equally shows the public’s insatiable appetite for it. Wilder is equally hard on both, and nobody gets off the hook here. Has anything really changed since 1951? Acknowledged as one of his true masterpieces. 

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Billy Wilder’s 1944 film noir crime masterwork Double Indemnity, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, with the screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novella of the same name, stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in rare cases when death is caused accidentally, such as while riding a railway.

Praised by many critics when first released, Double Indemnity was nominated for seven Academy Awards but did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, it is often cited as having set the standard for the films that followed in that genre.

Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1992, Double Indemnity was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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Jun
2019
 

One of director Billy Wilder’s biggest box office hits, the spectacular Irma La Douce — adapted from the 1956 musical for the French theatre — reunites Wilder with his Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, providing the latter with one of her most fondly remembered early roles. MacLaine is Irma, a popular Parisian prostitute whose new pimp, Nestor (Lemmon) is an unlikely procurer: Nestor is a former honest cop who has just been just fired and framed by his boss. However, Nestor’s love for Irma is making his newfound vocation impossible, so he poses as a phoney British lord who insists on being Irma’s one and only “client.” …further comedic complications ensue!

 

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Jun
2019
 

A fast and frantic satire on corporate politics and Cold War paranoia, it's a freewheeling undervalued gem of a film from Billy Wilder. James Cagney plays CR 'Mac' MacNamara, a top soft drinks executive who is sent by his boss to West Berlin to keep an eye on his 17-year-old socialite daughter Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin) while she visits the German city. Mac discovers Scarlett has fallen for an East Berlin communist activist and that the couple are planning to elope to Moscow! Mac must break up the unacceptable tryst before his all-American boss finds out about it and before his own wife, who can't stand life in Germany, drives him certifiably insane.