Billy Wilder Giftset (1959)
|By directing and writing most of his films, Billy Wilder made a name for himself by going against the norm. The Billy Wilder Film Collection includes four of his classics: THE APARTMENT: COLLECTOR'S EDITION, THE FORTUNE COOKIE, KISS ME, STUPID, and SOME LIKE IT HOT: SPECIAL EDITION!|
THE APARTMENT: Winner of five 1960 Academy Awards including Best Picture, THE APARTMENT is legendary writer/director Billy Wilder at his scathing, satirical best, and "one of the finest comedies Hollywood has turned out" (Newsweek). C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) knows the way to success in business...it's through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl and angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executice decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job.
THE FORTUNE COOKIE: Powered by Walter Matthau's Oscar-winning performance as the quintessential All-American chiseler, THE FORTUNE COOKIE is a hysterically funny comedy that showcases filmmaker Billy Wilder at his uproarious best. Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is one lucky guy! When he's accidentally clobbered by a 220-pound halfback, all Harry suffers is a slight concussion. All, that is, until Whiplash Willie (Matthau) -- a legal scoundrel of the first order -- arrives on the scene! For if Harry follows shyster Willie's advice and feigns a crippling injury, the two charlatans can split a cool million in phony insurance claims. But can Willie's world-class finagling dispel those ominous words that lie within the fortune cookie on Harry's hospital plate: You can't fool all of the people all of the time?
KISS ME, STUPID: Dean Martin is full of charm, wit and snappy one-liners in this "sly, irreverent, brash and daring comedy" (The Film Daily) from the legendary team of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond (SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE APARTMENT)! When the world-renowned singer "Dino" (Martin in a hilarious self-parody) passes through Climax, Nevada, he doesn't count on meeting two would-be songwriters with a plan to trap him there and serenade him with their songs. But then again, they weren't counting on Dino's insatiable appetite...for wine and women! And when one of the men learns that his own wife was once president of Dino's fan club, he hires a replacement wife (Kim Novak) to help lure the carousing star into a song-buying mood!
SOME LIKE IT HOT: When Chicago musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a gangland shooting, they quickly board a southbound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest and homeliest members of an all-girl jazz band. Their cover is perfect...until a lovelorn singer (Marilyn Monroe) falls for Josephine, an ancient playboy (Joe E. Brown) falls for Daphne, and a mob boss (George Raft) refuses to fall for their hoax!
"[Some] A dazzling screwball that holds up decades later. Metro Weekly
"[Some] One of the greatest comedies ever. Michael Thomson, BBC Online
"[Kiss] Stunningly subversive, even for Wilder. Nell Minow, Movie Mom
"[Apartment] Quite simply one of the finest comic romances ever made. Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"[Apartment] Gleeful! Ingenious! A smashing good comedy! The New York Times
"[Fortune] A very funny film...a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it. TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[Fortune] Mr. Wilder's last film and a comedy of unrelieved vulgarity, but it has style and taste. Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Editor's NoteThis collection contains the following Billy Wilder films: THE APARTMENT: COLLECTOR'S EDITION, THE FORTUNE COOKIE, KISS ME STUPID, and SOME LIKE IT HOT: SPECIAL EDITION. See individual titles for descriptions.
|Billy Wilder - [All] Director|
|Oscar, Walter Matthau, [Fortune] Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Oscar, Edward G. Boyle, Alexander Trauner, [Apartment] Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White|
|Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Director|
|Oscar, Daniel Mandell, [Apartment] Best Film Editing|
|Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Picture|
|Oscar, Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, [Apartment] Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen|
|Oscar, Orry-Kelly, [Some] Best Costume Design, Black-and-White|