Billy Wilder is the director I idolize the most and unfortunately he’s the one I have no chance of meeting. However, through the magic of film I can still have his movies.
The first Billy Wilder film I ever saw was Double Indemnity, followed quickly by Sunset Blvd., The Apartment, Fortune Cookie & Ace in the Hole. I became versed in all that was Wilder very quickly and loved every frame.
What captures me so much about Wilder is that despite story, location or even technology, every one of his films seems utterly timeless as you watch them. They retain a biting sense of humor, impeccable dialogue, memorable performances, and stories that seem relevant to the human condition.
If I can be half the storyteller that Wilder was, I will be a satisfied artist.