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Billy Wilder
June 22, 1906 - March 27, 2002
Nationality: American
Category: Director
Subcategory: American Director

An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.


I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.


I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.


I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.


It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful.


A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.


One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.


Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window - that is at once interesting.


Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.


Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.


If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.


Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.


Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.


Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.


An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.


We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.


You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.


France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.


What critics call dirty in our pictures, they call lusty in foreign films.


My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?


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