Sunday, November 08, 2009

Billy Wilder Invited To Our House

A couple months ago it was all about Howard Hawks & Cary Grant in our house.

Recently it's been about Billy Wilder.

Billy Wilder was nominated for 21 Academy Awards and won 6 of those, some for writing, some for directing, and 1 as producer (The Apartment).

So, with our recent Hawk's festival in our household, it only made sense to spend some time with the Wilder/Hawks collaboration with Ball of Fire.

Ball of about a fun romantic comedy from 1941. You seem some of Howard Hawk's over the top scenes, with Wilder's gritty-under belly notions all mashed up into one crazy film.

Ball of Fire stars a hilarious cast of old men writing an encyclopedia who wax and wane on love with no true knowledge (with the exception of the widower), while Gary Cooper resist his instincts to make a pass at Sugarpuss O'Shea (Barbara Stanwyck) who's using him to hide out from the district attorney.

So, as we invite Billy Wilder into our living room, I'm excited to catch up on missed classics and revisit some favorites, but I am certainly glad that I caught this film.

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