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What a talented, talented person. Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Stalag 17, and Double Indemnity are all terrific movies. His greatest moment had to have been Sunset Boulevard, probably the coolest movie ever made. No, wait, his greatest moment had to have been The Apartment, one of the funniest movies ever made.

If anyone sees these old flicks on TV, don't just keep flipping -- they are smart, funny, witty, suspenseful, and well worth your time.

Click Here to read a nice obit for him.






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I don't remember ever seeing any of his work, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. If I have I just don't remember it.At least his family will be able to say that he lived a long full life.. not many people live that long.On a side note, when was the last time 3 people in the movie industry died within a week? I can't think of any off the top of my head.



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You can't go wrong with Sinister Fred MacMurray. Double Indemnity and The Apartment are both amazing and great places to start if anyone wants to get into Billy Wilder's movies.
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Thanks for the tip. I'll probably check one of those out this weekend, if I can get away from work long enough.



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I had an American Cinema class in college, and we had to watch both Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard. As someone who tries to avoid any movie made pre color, I was impressed with both movies and Billy Wilder's directorial skills. Looks like I am going to have to rent Apartment.



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    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    I had an American Cinema class in college, and we had to watch both Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard. As someone who tries to avoid any movie made pre color, I was impressed with both movies and Billy Wilder's directorial skills. Looks like I am going to have to rent Apartment.


I hate to see when people say they HAD to watch black and white movies. I could go on and on about why b/w is superior to color, but I'm sure most everyone has heard those arguments before.

The one film I still joke about "having" to see in film school was Last Year at Marienbad. If you've seen it, you know what I mean. :>



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