The American Cinematheque in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and UCLA Film & Television Archives presents...

Directed By Billy Wilder January 19-February 2, 2000

This tribute to Billy Wilder takes place at three Los Angeles venues including the Egyptian Theatre. Films will not overlap.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater:

Thursday, January 13 - 8:00 PM


Call (310) 247-3600 for info.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive - James Bridges Theater presents:


Friday, January 14 - 7:30 PM

MIDNIGHT (1939) - dir. Mitchell Leisen

NINOTCHKA (1939) - dir. Ernst Lubitsch

Saturday, January 15 - 7:30 PM

ARISE MY LOVE (1940) - dir. Mitchell Leisen

HOLD BACK THE DAWN (1941) - dir. Mitchell Leisen

Sunday, January 16 - 7:00 PM

ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) - dir. Billy Wilder

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) - dir. Billy Wilder

Sunday, January 23 - 2:00 PM

BLUEBEARD'S EIGHTH WIFE (1938) - dir. Ernst Lubitsch

BALL OF FIRE (1941) - dir. Howard Hawks

Thursday, January 27 - 7:30 PM

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) - dir. Billy Wilder

A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948) - dir. Billy Wilder

Sunday, January 30 - 7:00 PM

THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) - dir. Billy Wilder

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) - dir. Billy Wilder

UCLA Admission: $6 general; $4 students (with I.D.) and Seniors.

Screening schedule: Call (310) 206-FILM

Parking and other info.: Call (310) 206-8013







Wednesday, January 19 - 8:00 PM

Rare 35 mm. Print!! FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO, 1943, Universal, 96 min. A

heady atmosphere of suspense and pulp romance permeates a Sahara

waystation as Franchot Tone attempts to outsmart Nazi Field Marshal

Rommel (the incomparable Erich von Stroheim.) With Akim Tamiroff and

Anne Baxter as wily hotel proprietors.


Thursday, January 20 - 7:00 PM

Double-Feature - Actor Richard Erdman In-Person!!

STALAG 17, 1953, Paramount, 120 min. Earthy humor, pathos and

high-octane tension vie for first place in one of Wilder's most popular

and perfectly realized films. Oscar-winner William Holden, a sergeant

with mercenary instincts, is gradually suspected by fellow WW2 POW's of

being a traitor. Director Otto Preminger co-stars as the camp's

Prussian commandant. With Don Taylor, Robert Strauss, Richard Erdman.

New 35 mm. Print!! THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS, 1957, Warner Bros., 138

min. Much-underrated and surprisingly suspenseful bio-pic of aviation

pioneer Charles Lindbergh, as he attempts to cross the Atlantic

single-handed. In one of his signature roles, James Stewart perfectly

captures the loneliness and uncertainty of Lindbergh as he leaps into

the unknown. Discussion between films with STALAG 17 co-star Richard Erdman.


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Double-Feature - Actress Evelyn Keyes In-Person!!

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, 1955, 20th Century Fox, 105 min. Married everyman Tom Ewell suffers through one long hot summer as downstairs neighbor Marilyn Monroe tries to cool herself off, in Wilder's racy, delicious stab at adultery and modern morals. Evelyn Keyes (99 RIVER STREET) co-stars as Ewell's conveniently out-of-town wife.Discussion between films with SEVEN YEAR ITCH co-star Evelyn Keyes.

sabrina.jpg (8632 bytes)SABRINA, 1954, Paramount, 113 min. Chauffer's daughter Audrey Hepburn blooms from ugly duckling to fashion queen, as she tries to choose between wealthy, middle-aged Humphrey Bogart (at his sexy, smokey best) and cocky lover-boy William Holden, a Wilder favorite.

Saturday, January 22 - 7:00 PM

Double Feature - Brand New 35 mm. Prints!!

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, 1957, Warner Bros. 130 min Wilder pays

tribute to his mentor Ernst Lubitsch (and collaborates with co-writer

I.A.L. Diamond for the first time) in this effervescent and bittersweet

comedy of Gary Cooper courting Parisian waif Audrey Hepburn. With

Maurice Chevalier as Hepburn's private-detective father.

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, 1957, MGM/UA, 114 min. Accused murderer

Tyrone Power (in his final film) is defended by ailing barrister Charles

Laughton in Wilder's dark, delightful courtroom nailbiter. Marlene

Dietrich as Power's duplicitous spouse helps supply one of the most

insanely out-of-left-field twists in any mystery.


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Jack Lemmon, Edie Adams & Hope Holiday In-Person - Brand-New 35 mm Print!

THE APARTMENT, 1960, MGM/UA, 125 min. Jack Lemmon ingratiates himself with his corporate colleagues by lending out his apartment for their extra-marital affairs -- but his promotion plans backfire when he falls head-over-heels for boss Fred MacMurray's new gal-pal Shirley MacLaine. Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Screenplay (with I.A.L. Diamond) and - of course - Best Director. Discussion following with actor Jack Lemmon.


Friday, January 28 - 7:00 PM


KISS ME, STUPID, 1964, MGM/UA, 126 min. Hilarious, still-brutal satire

of what it takes to get ahead in entertainment, as womanizing nightclub

singer Dean Martin agrees to record some of unknown songsmith Ray

Walston's tunes -- if he gets to bed Walston's foxy wife, Kim Novak!

So sharp you could cut your hand on it.

New 35 mm. Print!! ONE, TWO, THREE, 1961, MGM/UA, 108 min. Wilder

has a field day with the mega-global-corporate ad world, as James

Cagney, the conservative head of Coca-Cola's West Berlin branch, goes

ballistic when he finds out visiting boss's daughter Pamela Tiffin has

gotten hitched to Commie activist Horst Bucholz.


Saturday, January 29 - 7:00 PM


THE FORTUNE COOKIE, 1966, MGM/UA, 125 min. In a career filled with

savage, unforgiving comedies, this may be Wilder's darkest (and

funniest): hapless cameraman Jack Lemmon is injured during a football

match, then latched onto by shyster Walter Matthau, who wants to milk

the situation for all its worth.


magnificent blend of rueful romance and adventure, as Wilder examines

the relationship between Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Watson (Colin

Blakely), as they try to unravel a mystery threatening Queen Victoria.

Arguably Wilder's last great masterpiece.


Wednesday, February 2 - 7:00 PM

Wilder with a Twist of Lemmon - Double-Feature!!

IRMA LA DOUCE, 1963, MGM/UA, 146 min. Overworked (and undersexed)

Parisian cop Jack Lemmon holds down a dozen jobs - just so he can keep

hooker girlfriend Shirley MacLaine from sleeping with any other men!

Watch for wonderful supporting work from veterans Lou Jacobi and

Herschel Bernardi, in this sweet, saucy, Impressionist-inspired comedy.

New 35 mm Print! AVANTI!, 1972, MGM/UA, 144 min. Another overlooked

Wilder gem: uptight millionaire Jack Lemmon gets his eyes opened (and

more) when he travels to Italy to collect his late father's corpse - and

finds himself falling for the lovely daughter (Juliet Mills) of his

dad's Italian mistress.