Some have protested that Cameron Crowe's book is far too messy to be taken seriously. Be that as it may, I just re-read it and love it intensely. Mr Wilder, dead by now, and his wistful tone of voice shine through at every turn. He was probably as incurably a romanticizer as the next guy, probably not averse to a white lie or two, but the books is brimming with new insights, oozing with old-world charm, and the relationship that continues to grow between the young biographer and his 93-year old subject is deeply affecting. Wilder will be severely missed, and Crowe's brilliant book is his legacy. Warmly recommended.
ALMOST FAMOUS and JERRY MAGUIRE writer/director Cameron Crowe goes back to his journalist roots here, with a loving memoir to his boyhood hero Billy Wilder. Over the course of the book's 376 pages, Wilder, the man behind such classics of cinema as THE APARTMENT and DOUBLE INDEMNITY gives his thoughts on working in Hollywood over nearly fifty years, always entertaining and only shying from the truth when it's too personally painful to reveal. This book is both a fascinating insight into one of 20th Century cinema's most enduring icons, penetrating look into the functions of cinema itself, as both entertainment machine and weapon of attack on the establishment.
Buy this book! - you don't have to like Wilder or Crowe you'll be amazed about what he has to say about Marylin Monroe and Audrey Hepburn and also the fascinating relationship that develops between interviewer and interviewee, plus lots of photographs that can be studied for hours.