Directed by Billy Wilder

Directed by Billy Wilder

9 Episodes

Although—or perhaps because—he was born in Austria, writer, director, and Hollywood legend Billy Wilder saw America more clearly than most, probing its absurdities and hypocrisies with a witty yet lacerating eye. This sampler of five of his finest—including the Tinseltown tragedy SUNSET BOULEVARD, scathing media satire ACE IN THE HOLE, and gripping POW drama STALAG 17—showcases the pitch-perfect blend of human understanding and barbed cynicism that defines Wilder worldview.

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Directed by Billy Wilder
  • Five by Billy Wilder Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Episode 2

    Directerd by Billy Wilder • 1950 • United States
    Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim

    Hollywood’s ultimate poison-pen letter to itself, Billy Wilder’s acerbic masterpiece casts real-life silent-screen icon Gloria Swanson as a faded movie star who draws a struggling screenw...

  • Ace in the Hole

    Episode 3

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1951 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur

    Billy Wilder’s ACE IN THE HOLE is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Ta...

  • Stalag 17

    Episode 4

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1953 • United States
    Starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger

    Billy Wilder’s wryly comic POW thriller stars an Oscar-winning William Holden in one of his most iconic roles as J. J. Sefton, a cynical, every-man-for-himself American GI cooling his heels in a G...

  • Sabrina

    Episode 5

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1954 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

    Audrey Hepburn is iconically chic in Billy Wilder’s fizzy reimagining of the Cinderella story. The chauffeur for a wealthy family sends his mousey daughter Sabrina Fairchild (Hepburn) to Pari...

  • The Apartment

    Episode 6

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1960 • United States
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

    Jack Lemmon stars in one of Billy Wilder’s most beloved films as C. C. Baxter, a company man anxious to please his superiors at the New York insurance firm where he works—enough to let his boss...

  • BILLY, HOW DID YOU DO IT? Part 1

    Episode 7

    This three-part documentary about filmmaker Billy Wilder was directed by Volker Schlöndorff with Gisela Grischow and first aired on the BBC in 1992.

  • BILLY, HOW DID YOU DO IT? Part 2

    Episode 8

    This three-part documentary about filmmaker Billy Wilder was directed by Volker Schlöndorff with Gisela Grischow and first aired on the BBC in 1992.

  • BILLY, HOW DID YOU DO IT? Part 3

    Episode 9

    This three-part documentary about filmmaker Billy Wilder was directed by Volker Schlöndorff with Gisela Grischow and first aired on the BBC in 1992.