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.
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...