Billy Wilder | Critical Essay by Joseph Mcbride

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

In his new movie, Avanti!, Billy Wilder is still trying hard to become Ernst Lubitsch. The strain shows, some of the romanticism is forced and mechanical, but there is much of which the Master might approve….

In the last few years, as the porno revolution and advancing age have deprived Wilder of his old ability (and desire) to scandalize, he has relaxed considerably in his handling of sex. The Private Life of Sherlock Homes, and now Avanti! find him in a mellowing, more gracious mood; he is less defensive in his treatment of love, less cynical in his attitude toward women, and less inclined to find sport in sexual cruelty. (p. 1)

The dialogue is largely concerned with unseen events (details of the accident, the old couple's affair, complications with the funeral arrangements), and while this is partly attributable to...

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