Inspiring quotes by Billy Wilder

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Billy Wilder

  • If there’s anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it’s being taken too seriously.
  • I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
  • Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.
  • Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window – that is at once interesting.
  • Hollywood didn’t kill Marilyn Monroe, it’s the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.
  • My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?
  • France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can’t tear the toilet paper.
  • An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius.
  • Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.
  • The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.

Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker and one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors and screenwriters. Born in Sucha Beskidzka, Austria-Hungary (now Poland), Wilder began his career as a journalist before transitioning to screenwriting in Berlin during the 1920s. Fleeing the rise of the Nazis, he emigrated to the United States in 1934.

Wilder’s career in Hollywood spanned over five decades, during which he directed and/or wrote numerous iconic films. His versatility was evident in his ability to tackle diverse genres, including drama, comedy, and film noir. Some of his most notable works include “Double Indemnity” (1944), “Sunset Boulevard” (1950), “Some Like It Hot” (1959), and “The Apartment” (1960). Wilder’s films often featured sharp, witty dialogue and a keen understanding of human nature.

His impact on the industry is reflected in the six Academy Awards he won, including Best Director and Best Screenplay for “The Lost Weekend” (1945) and “The Apartment.” Billy Wilder’s legacy endures as a testament to his storytelling prowess and enduring contributions to American cinema.

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