In between Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe spent a year interviewing his hero, the director Billy Wilder, about Wilder’s body of work. Crowe was just peaking and Wilder was retired and starting his nineties. The book chronicles their conversations and is full of hundreds beautiful black and white photos from his films and his life.
Some of my favorite Wilderisms:
- “If you have a problem in the third act, the real problem is in the first act.”
- “The one thing that keeps me alive is curiosity.”
- “The real humorist is always sad.”
- “It’s easy to talk, it’s difficult to write.”
- “There’s no “Wilderesque.” It’s just stuff.”
- “You bring your sensibility and hope that people will show up.”
If you like Wilder’s movies, it’s a good read. (If you don’t like his movies, what’s wrong with you?)
Thanks to my friend James for the recommendation.
Filed under: my reading year 2012