Billy Wilder | Critical Essay by John Gillett

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Billy Wilder.
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Critical Essay by John Gillett

[The technical problems of The Spirit of St. Louis are] managed with all the professionalism and flair that Hollywood can muster for such occasions.

The presentation of the story itself, by Wilder and his co-scriptwriter Wendell Mayes, is less happily organised, however. Lindbergh is not only the central figure throughout, but during the latter half the narrative is, of necessity, restricted to one man, a plane and the limitless ocean below. Such a situation might provide a director of [Robert] Bresson's sensibilities with the opportunity for an analysis of the flyer's sense of isolation, his particular tensions. Rejecting the obvious austerities of such an approach, Wilder has adopted a direct, extroverted style which avoids false melodramatics and, without any deep exploration of character, stresses his hero's idealism and strength of will. Although the general pattern of Lindbergh's original is followed...

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