In 1988, German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff sat down with great Hollywood director Billy Wilder and turned on his camera. The conversation went on for two weeks (…). Ninety minutes of an aging genius elf dishing dirt and dispensing hard-won wisdom. You get a few old photos and a generous smattering of film clips, but mostly Wilder just sits in a room and talks with the offscreen Schlöndorff, moving easily between English and German. This is primary research as essential viewing (…) Very nearly a highlight reel of post-World War II Hollywood: The Lost Weekend, A Foreign Affair, Sunset Blvd., Stalag 17, Sabrina, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment are all four-star classics (…) Mostly, Wilder offers his philosophy of moviemaking, tossing out caustic bon mots (…). In Billy Wilder Speaks, the director is finally ready for his close-up. — Ty Burr

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