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Some Like It WilderThe Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder$
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Gene D. Phillips

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125701

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.001.0001

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Light up the Sky

Light up the Sky

The Spirit of St. Louis and Love in the Afternoon

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Some Like It Wilder


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Leland Hayward brought the project to Billy Wilder, who agreed to direct the picture (The Spirit of St. Louis), coauthor the screenplay, and coproduce the film. It was no secret that James Stewart was lobbying for the role of Charles Lindbergh in The Spirit of St. Louis. This film collected a sheaf of largely positive notices when it premiered at Radio City Music Hall. In addition, this chapter discusses Love in the Afternoon (1957). Wilder updated the time frame of his remake from the 1920s to the present; Barbara Diamond came up with a new title, Love in the Afternoon. Wilder left Diamond to continue working on Love in the Afternoon while he went off to Europe to shoot The Spirit of St. Louis. Most critics welcomed Love in the Afternoon as “a sheer delight”, “a cascade of bubbles and belly laughs”, and—most significant for Wilder— “the type of sophisticated fare Lubitsch would have undertaken with delight”.

Keywords:   The Spirit of St. Louis, Love in the Afternoon, Billy Wilder, Barbara Diamond, Leland Hayward

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