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Billy Wilder’s Cool Hollywood Career

Woodcut of screenwriter/director Billy Wilder.

Billy Wilder famously said, “I’m a writer, but then, nobody’s perfect.” His movies ranged from film noir to screwball comedy and were known for tight plots and memorable dialogue. He despised sentiment and sought to tell stories as simply and elegantly as possible. To Wilder, “the best director is one you don’t see.”

Wilder was born in Austria-Hungary in 1906. He was raised in Vienna where he became a newspaper reporter and…

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.