Micki & Maude


1h 58m 1984

Brief Synopsis

When both of his wives get pregnant, a bigamist struggles to keep them from meeting.

Film Details

Also Known As
Micki and Maude
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
1984
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Intervideo Inc; Ramsey
Distribution Company
Columbia-Emi-Warner; Sony Pictures Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

When both of his wives get pregnant, a bigamist struggles to keep them from meeting.

Crew

Tony Adams

Producer

Lou Antonio

Executive Producer

M C Ayers

Props

Alan Bergman

Song ("Something In My Life")

Marilyn Bergman

Song ("Something In My Life")

Stephen Bishop

Song Performer ("Something In My Life")

Trish Caroselli

Associate Producer

Alf Clausen

Original Music

Cy Coleman

Song ("Witchcraft")

Armando Contreras

Key Grip

Roy Downey

Special Effects

Richard Drown

Stunt Man

Joe Dunne

Stunts

Dorothy Fields

Song ("On The Sunny Side Of The Street")

Betty Abbott Griffin

Script Supervisor

John C Hamel

Music Editor

Len Hekel

Stills

Lee Holdridge

Music

John Isaacs

Hairstyles

Lindsey Jones

Publicist

Jerry Jost

Sound Recording

David Kelley

2nd Assistant Director

Nancy Klopper

Casting

Jonathan D Krane

Executive Producer

Michel Legrand

Song ("Something In My Life")

Carolyn Leigh

Song ("Witchcraft")

Alan Levine

Production Manager

Gary Liddiard

Makeup

Joe Lopes

Music Coordinator

Elton Macpherson

Production Controller

Nancy Martinelli

Costume Supervisor

Rodger Maus

Production Designer

Mickey Mccardle

1st Assistant Director

David J Mcgraw

Video Operator

Jimmy Mchugh

Song ("On The Sunny Side Of The Street")

Joe Moore

2nd Assistant Director

Patricia Norris

Costume Designer

Patrick R Norris

Costume Supervisor

Shirley L Padgett

Hairstyles

Robert Pergament

Assistant Editor

Terry Porter

Sound Rerecording

Jane Prosnit

Production Coordinator

Ron Quigley

Location Manager

Stuart A. Reiss

Set Decorator

Jonathan Reynolds

Screenwriter

Deborah Roberts

Assistant Editor

Jay Alan Samit

Video Technical Consultant

Jack Senter

Art Direction

Rick Sharp

Makeup

Frank Sinatra

Song Performer ("On The Sunny Side Of The Street" "Witchcraft")

Harry Stradling Jr.

Director Of Photography

Richard T Vanik

Camera Operator

Ralph E. Winters

Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Micki and Maude
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
1984
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Intervideo Inc; Ramsey
Distribution Company
Columbia-Emi-Warner; Sony Pictures Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Articles

Micki & Maude


Bigamy is played for big laughs in director Blake Edwards' 1984 comedy Micki and Maude. Well-meaning television reporter Rob Salinger (Dudley Moore) ends up married to two different women, both of whom he loves. Micki (Ann Reinking) is a workaholic attorney with big career ambitions, while Maude (Amy Irving) is a slightly kooky classical musician who makes Rob laugh. When both women become pregnant at the same time, Rob is thrilled. However, running between the two takes a hilarious toll as Rob's double life quickly threatens to catch up with him.

In the early 1980s Columbia Pictures asked Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany's [1961], The Pink Panther [1963]) to read the script for Micki and Maude by Jonathan Reynolds believing that it would be a good fit for Edwards to direct. Edwards loved the story and quickly agreed to come on board the project. Edwards usually wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for his films. However, Micki and Maude would mark the first time in a decade that Edwards would direct a film for which he did not receive any writing credit.

Dudley Moore, one of the top comic actors at the time, was on a roll of successful comedies including the smash hits 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981). Micki and Maude reunited Moore with Blake Edwards with whom he had worked on 10 five years earlier. Edwards believed that the success of Micki and Maude would depend on the audience believing that Moore's character genuinely loved both women, and if anyone could make a bigamist seem sympathetic and almost romantic, Edwards believed it was Dudley Moore.

Moore suggested Amy Irving for the role of Maude. According to Barbra Paskin's 2000 authorized biography Dudley Moore: The Melancholy Clown, "he was a staunch admirer of the beautiful actress with the renaissance face, and had she not been married at the time to Steven Spielberg...he would have pursued her into a romance." Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning dancer and choreographer, was cast as Rob's wife Micki.

According to co-producer Tony Adams, Micki and Maude was a set full of laughter with everyone getting along beautifully. "Amy (Irving) was very enamored both with her role and with Dudley, and they hit it off immediately and spent a lot of time together," he says in Paskin's book. "Amy was a very warm and funny girl. So was Ann. She had a wonderfully wicked sense of humor and a deep, gutsy, throaty kind of laugh that Dudley loved."

Both actresses loved working with Dudley Moore. "Dudley made each of us feel like the most special person, the most beautiful woman, in the world," Irving is quoted in Paskin's book. "Dudley is tender and genuine," adds Ann Reinking, "and because he's funny, he makes you laugh. Laughter makes you feel good, and a man who makes women feel good is going to be very popular with them. I think Amy and I just sat and laughed for three months. It loosened us up so much that we did things I don't think we thought we could do."

Blake Edwards also enjoyed his experience making Micki and Maude. "I loved Dudley in the role," he said, "and the combination with Ann and Amy was just terrific. It worked so well, and we all got along wonderfully. We had the best time on that film." In fact, Edwards was fond of playing practical jokes on Dudley Moore during the filming of the movie. While shooting one particular scene with Moore, Edwards had arranged for a prop man to jump out of a closet and scare him. "It was hilarious," remembers co-producer Tony Adams. "Blake had set the whole thing up and had the prop man assume this guise. Dudley was absolutely shocked...The whole film was a constant state of Blake doing something to poor Dudley. "

The New York Times called Micki and Maude "never less than a delight" and "proof, if any were needed, that Mr. Moore's forte is Mr. Edwards' bluntly irreverent kind of comedy...The director, the star and the writer make a fine team in this often riotous tale...Edwards must also be credited with having had the good sense to give Ann Reinking and Amy Irving the comedy roles of their careers." Roger Ebert said, "Dudley Moore is developing into one of the great movie comedians of his generation. Micki and Maude goes on the list with 10 and Arthur as screwball classics...Edwards and Moore are working at the top of their form here, and the result is a pure, classic slapstick that makes Micki and Maude a real treasure." The Los Angeles Times added, "Micki and Maude delightfully reteams Blake Edwards and Dudley Moore, director and star of 10. They bring out the best in each other, and the result is a sparkling comedy in the classic style, seeming at once precise and spontaneous."

Despite the good reviews and high expectations, Micki and Maude was a disappointment at the box office. However, more than twenty years later the film remains funny and fresh, highlighting the remarkable comic talents of Blake Edwards and Dudley Moore at the top of their game. "The film was funny," said Blake Edwards in a later interview, "but I think middle America resented the fact that this guy was a bigamist...I still thought it was a charming movie, and I'd have bet anything that it would have done very well."

Producer: Tony Adams
Director: Blake Edwards
Screenplay: Jonathan Reynolds
Cinematography: Harry Stradling
Art Direction: Jack Senter
Music: Lee Holdridge
Film Editing: Ralph E. Winters
Cast: Dudley Moore (Rob Salinger), Amy Irving (Maude Guillory Salinger), Ann Reinking (Micki Salinger), Richard Mulligan (Leo Brody), George Gaynes (Dr. Eugene Glztszki), Wallace Shawn (Dr. Elliot Fibel), John Pleshette (Hap Ludlow), H.B. Haggerty (Barkhas Guillory), Lu Leonard (nurse Mary Verbeck), Priscilla Pointer (Diana Hutchison), Robert Symonds (Ezra Hutchison), George Coe (Governor Lanford), Gustav Vintas (Dr. Kondoleon).
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by Andrea Passafiume
Micki & Maude

Micki & Maude

Bigamy is played for big laughs in director Blake Edwards' 1984 comedy Micki and Maude. Well-meaning television reporter Rob Salinger (Dudley Moore) ends up married to two different women, both of whom he loves. Micki (Ann Reinking) is a workaholic attorney with big career ambitions, while Maude (Amy Irving) is a slightly kooky classical musician who makes Rob laugh. When both women become pregnant at the same time, Rob is thrilled. However, running between the two takes a hilarious toll as Rob's double life quickly threatens to catch up with him. In the early 1980s Columbia Pictures asked Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany's [1961], The Pink Panther [1963]) to read the script for Micki and Maude by Jonathan Reynolds believing that it would be a good fit for Edwards to direct. Edwards loved the story and quickly agreed to come on board the project. Edwards usually wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for his films. However, Micki and Maude would mark the first time in a decade that Edwards would direct a film for which he did not receive any writing credit. Dudley Moore, one of the top comic actors at the time, was on a roll of successful comedies including the smash hits 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981). Micki and Maude reunited Moore with Blake Edwards with whom he had worked on 10 five years earlier. Edwards believed that the success of Micki and Maude would depend on the audience believing that Moore's character genuinely loved both women, and if anyone could make a bigamist seem sympathetic and almost romantic, Edwards believed it was Dudley Moore. Moore suggested Amy Irving for the role of Maude. According to Barbra Paskin's 2000 authorized biography Dudley Moore: The Melancholy Clown, "he was a staunch admirer of the beautiful actress with the renaissance face, and had she not been married at the time to Steven Spielberg...he would have pursued her into a romance." Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning dancer and choreographer, was cast as Rob's wife Micki. According to co-producer Tony Adams, Micki and Maude was a set full of laughter with everyone getting along beautifully. "Amy (Irving) was very enamored both with her role and with Dudley, and they hit it off immediately and spent a lot of time together," he says in Paskin's book. "Amy was a very warm and funny girl. So was Ann. She had a wonderfully wicked sense of humor and a deep, gutsy, throaty kind of laugh that Dudley loved." Both actresses loved working with Dudley Moore. "Dudley made each of us feel like the most special person, the most beautiful woman, in the world," Irving is quoted in Paskin's book. "Dudley is tender and genuine," adds Ann Reinking, "and because he's funny, he makes you laugh. Laughter makes you feel good, and a man who makes women feel good is going to be very popular with them. I think Amy and I just sat and laughed for three months. It loosened us up so much that we did things I don't think we thought we could do." Blake Edwards also enjoyed his experience making Micki and Maude. "I loved Dudley in the role," he said, "and the combination with Ann and Amy was just terrific. It worked so well, and we all got along wonderfully. We had the best time on that film." In fact, Edwards was fond of playing practical jokes on Dudley Moore during the filming of the movie. While shooting one particular scene with Moore, Edwards had arranged for a prop man to jump out of a closet and scare him. "It was hilarious," remembers co-producer Tony Adams. "Blake had set the whole thing up and had the prop man assume this guise. Dudley was absolutely shocked...The whole film was a constant state of Blake doing something to poor Dudley. " The New York Times called Micki and Maude "never less than a delight" and "proof, if any were needed, that Mr. Moore's forte is Mr. Edwards' bluntly irreverent kind of comedy...The director, the star and the writer make a fine team in this often riotous tale...Edwards must also be credited with having had the good sense to give Ann Reinking and Amy Irving the comedy roles of their careers." Roger Ebert said, "Dudley Moore is developing into one of the great movie comedians of his generation. Micki and Maude goes on the list with 10 and Arthur as screwball classics...Edwards and Moore are working at the top of their form here, and the result is a pure, classic slapstick that makes Micki and Maude a real treasure." The Los Angeles Times added, "Micki and Maude delightfully reteams Blake Edwards and Dudley Moore, director and star of 10. They bring out the best in each other, and the result is a sparkling comedy in the classic style, seeming at once precise and spontaneous." Despite the good reviews and high expectations, Micki and Maude was a disappointment at the box office. However, more than twenty years later the film remains funny and fresh, highlighting the remarkable comic talents of Blake Edwards and Dudley Moore at the top of their game. "The film was funny," said Blake Edwards in a later interview, "but I think middle America resented the fact that this guy was a bigamist...I still thought it was a charming movie, and I'd have bet anything that it would have done very well." Producer: Tony Adams Director: Blake Edwards Screenplay: Jonathan Reynolds Cinematography: Harry Stradling Art Direction: Jack Senter Music: Lee Holdridge Film Editing: Ralph E. Winters Cast: Dudley Moore (Rob Salinger), Amy Irving (Maude Guillory Salinger), Ann Reinking (Micki Salinger), Richard Mulligan (Leo Brody), George Gaynes (Dr. Eugene Glztszki), Wallace Shawn (Dr. Elliot Fibel), John Pleshette (Hap Ludlow), H.B. Haggerty (Barkhas Guillory), Lu Leonard (nurse Mary Verbeck), Priscilla Pointer (Diana Hutchison), Robert Symonds (Ezra Hutchison), George Coe (Governor Lanford), Gustav Vintas (Dr. Kondoleon). C-118m. by Andrea Passafiume

TCM Remembers - Dudley Moore


DUDLEY MOORE, 1935-2002

Award-winning actor, comedian and musician Dudley Moore died on March 27th at the age of 66. Moore first gained notice in his native England for ground-breaking stage and TV comedy before later building a Hollywood career. Like many of his peers, he had an amiable, open appeal that was balanced against a sharply satiric edge. Moore could play the confused innocent as well as the crafty schemer and tended to command attention wherever he appeared. Among his four marriages were two actresses: Tuesday Weld and Suzy Kendall.

Moore was born April 19, 1935 in London. As a child, he had a club foot later corrected by years of surgery that often left him recuperating in the hospital alongside critically wounded soldiers. Moore attended Oxford where he earned a degree in musical composition and met future collaborators Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett. The four formed the landmark comedy ensemble Beyond the Fringe. Though often merely labelled as a precursor to Monty Python's Flying Circus, Beyond the Fringe was instrumental in the marriage of the piercing, highly educated sense of humor cultivated by Oxbridge graduates to the modern mass media. In this case it was the revue stage and television where Beyond the Fringe first assaulted the astonished minds of Britons. Moore supplied the music and such songs as "The Sadder and Wiser Beaver," "Man Bites God" and "One Leg Too Few." (You can pick up a CD set with much of the stage show. Unfortunately for future historians the BBC commonly erased tapes at this period - why? - so many of the TV episodes are apparently gone forever.)

Moore's first feature film was the 1966 farce The Wrong Box (a Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation) but it was his collaboration with Peter Cook on Bedazzled (1967) that's endured. Unlike its tepid 2000 remake, the original Bedazzled is a wolverine-tough satire of mid-60s culture that hasn't aged a bit: viewers are still as likely to be appalled and entertained at the same time. Moore not only co-wrote the story with Cook but composed the score. Moore appeared in a few more films until starring in 10 (1979). Written and directed by Blake Edwards, this amiable comedy featured Moore (a last-minute replacement for George Segal) caught in a middle-aged crisis and proved popular with both audiences and critics. Moore's career took another turn when his role as a wealthy alcoholic who falls for the proverbial shop girl in Arthur (1981) snagged him an Oscar nomination as Best Actor and a Golden Globe win.

However Moore was never able to build on these successes. He starred in a passable remake of Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours (1984), did another Blake Edwards romantic comedy of moderate interest called Micki + Maude (1984, also a Golden Globe winner for Moore), a misfired sequel to Arthur in 1988 and a few other little-seen films. The highlight of this period must certainly be the 1991 series Orchestra where Moore spars with the wonderfully crusty conductor Georg Solti and leads an orchestra of students in what's certainly some of the most delightful television ever made.

By Lang Thompson

A FOND FAREWELL TO ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST GIFTED DIRECTORS - BILLY WILDER, 11906-2002

Billy Wilder had the most deliciously dirty mind in Hollywood. The director dug into racy, controversial subjects with cynical wit and rare candor; he set new standards for film noir, sex comedies and the buddy film and his movies continue to inspire new generations of filmmakers.

Cameron Crowe, screenwriter and director of contemporary hit films such as Jerry Maguire(1996), was one of those moved by Wilder's film sense. The struggling filmmaker struck up a friendship with the 93-year old veteran and found a friend and a mentor. Their conversations were recently chronicled in a book by Cameron Crowe entitled Conversations with Wilder(published by Knoft).

Billy Wilder might have been born in Vienna, but American culture influenced him from the earliest days. Given the name Samuel, Wilder's mother called her son 'Billy' in honor of Buffalo Bill Cody. The name stuck.

Billy was as restless as his namesake and left law school to become a journalist. While grinding out articles for a Berlin newspaper, Wilder joined with future film directors Fred Zinnemann, Robert Sidomak and Edgar G. Ulmer to make a short film, Menschen Am Sonntag (1929). By the mid-1930s, he had written seven scenarios and even tried his hand at directing. After Hitler's rise to power in 1934, Wilder fled his homeland. Once in Hollywood, Wilder and roommate Peter Lorre had to learn English quickly if they wanted to join the American film industry. Together the German expatriates learned the language and began staking their territory in the Dream Factory.

As a writer, Wilder could craft realistic relationships with sharp dialogue; he proved this in his scripts for Ninotchka (1939) with Greta Garbo and Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire(1941). As a filmmaker, Wilder was well acquainted with the shadowy, brooding style of German Expressionism. He brought these two gifts together to create a landmark film noir - DOUBLE INDEMNITY(1944). He followed this cinematic triumph with a risky project, the story of an alcoholic on a three-day binge. Not the usual subject matter for a Hollywood studio, THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) nevertheless claimed the Academy Award for Best Picture. By the end of the decade, Wilder dared even to paint a portrait of Hollywood stardom gone awry in Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Each of these films is an undisputed classic today, but even at the time, his films were lauded. Six of his screenplays were nominated for Oscars between 1941-1950. Three of his eight Best Director nominations also came during this period. Billy Wilder claimed the American Dream; he was successfully playing by his own rules.

By the end of the '50s, as censorship guidelines were easing, Wilder's projects became even more daring. Sex was central to Wilder's world and Hollywood celebrated his candor. He directed Marilyn Monroe in two of her most sensuous roles, The Seven Year Itch (1955) and SOME LIKE IT HOT(1959). More often than not, Wilder liked pointing his finger at the hyprocrisy of people's sexual mores. In THE APARTMENT(1960), Wilder took an incisive look at corrupt businessmen exploiting their employees for sexual favors. In IRMA LA DOUCE (1963), the world of a Parisian prostitute was lovingly painted in Technicolor tones. In Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), Wilder finally stepped over the line with the story of a struggling composer willing to offer his wife to sell a song.The film, which seems so innocent today, was scandalous in its own day. Critics called Kiss Me, Stupid pornographic smut and buried the picture. Audiences ignored it. Today, the film is a risque farce with great performances by Dean Martin and Kim Novak. The critical lambast deeply affected Wilder; this would be his last sex comedy.

In 1966 Wilder brought together the dynamic combination of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau with THE FORTUNE COOKIE. Director and stars teamed again for The Front Page (1974), a remake of the newspaper classic; and Buddy, Buddy (1981), the story of an assassin and a sad sack ready to commit suicide.

Wilder's many years in Hollywood produced an amazing string of hits. From sarcastic and cynical social commentary to outrageous sex farce, Wilder pushed his audiences to look at their own values and morals. He was an outsider who wasn't afraid to point out the follies of his fellow man or the worst aspects of American culture. He will be sorely missed.

By Jeremy Geltzer

TCM Remembers - Dudley Moore

DUDLEY MOORE, 1935-2002 Award-winning actor, comedian and musician Dudley Moore died on March 27th at the age of 66. Moore first gained notice in his native England for ground-breaking stage and TV comedy before later building a Hollywood career. Like many of his peers, he had an amiable, open appeal that was balanced against a sharply satiric edge. Moore could play the confused innocent as well as the crafty schemer and tended to command attention wherever he appeared. Among his four marriages were two actresses: Tuesday Weld and Suzy Kendall. Moore was born April 19, 1935 in London. As a child, he had a club foot later corrected by years of surgery that often left him recuperating in the hospital alongside critically wounded soldiers. Moore attended Oxford where he earned a degree in musical composition and met future collaborators Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett. The four formed the landmark comedy ensemble Beyond the Fringe. Though often merely labelled as a precursor to Monty Python's Flying Circus, Beyond the Fringe was instrumental in the marriage of the piercing, highly educated sense of humor cultivated by Oxbridge graduates to the modern mass media. In this case it was the revue stage and television where Beyond the Fringe first assaulted the astonished minds of Britons. Moore supplied the music and such songs as "The Sadder and Wiser Beaver," "Man Bites God" and "One Leg Too Few." (You can pick up a CD set with much of the stage show. Unfortunately for future historians the BBC commonly erased tapes at this period - why? - so many of the TV episodes are apparently gone forever.) Moore's first feature film was the 1966 farce The Wrong Box (a Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation) but it was his collaboration with Peter Cook on Bedazzled (1967) that's endured. Unlike its tepid 2000 remake, the original Bedazzled is a wolverine-tough satire of mid-60s culture that hasn't aged a bit: viewers are still as likely to be appalled and entertained at the same time. Moore not only co-wrote the story with Cook but composed the score. Moore appeared in a few more films until starring in 10 (1979). Written and directed by Blake Edwards, this amiable comedy featured Moore (a last-minute replacement for George Segal) caught in a middle-aged crisis and proved popular with both audiences and critics. Moore's career took another turn when his role as a wealthy alcoholic who falls for the proverbial shop girl in Arthur (1981) snagged him an Oscar nomination as Best Actor and a Golden Globe win. However Moore was never able to build on these successes. He starred in a passable remake of Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours (1984), did another Blake Edwards romantic comedy of moderate interest called Micki + Maude (1984, also a Golden Globe winner for Moore), a misfired sequel to Arthur in 1988 and a few other little-seen films. The highlight of this period must certainly be the 1991 series Orchestra where Moore spars with the wonderfully crusty conductor Georg Solti and leads an orchestra of students in what's certainly some of the most delightful television ever made. By Lang Thompson A FOND FAREWELL TO ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST GIFTED DIRECTORS - BILLY WILDER, 11906-2002 Billy Wilder had the most deliciously dirty mind in Hollywood. The director dug into racy, controversial subjects with cynical wit and rare candor; he set new standards for film noir, sex comedies and the buddy film and his movies continue to inspire new generations of filmmakers. Cameron Crowe, screenwriter and director of contemporary hit films such as Jerry Maguire(1996), was one of those moved by Wilder's film sense. The struggling filmmaker struck up a friendship with the 93-year old veteran and found a friend and a mentor. Their conversations were recently chronicled in a book by Cameron Crowe entitled Conversations with Wilder(published by Knoft). Billy Wilder might have been born in Vienna, but American culture influenced him from the earliest days. Given the name Samuel, Wilder's mother called her son 'Billy' in honor of Buffalo Bill Cody. The name stuck. Billy was as restless as his namesake and left law school to become a journalist. While grinding out articles for a Berlin newspaper, Wilder joined with future film directors Fred Zinnemann, Robert Sidomak and Edgar G. Ulmer to make a short film, Menschen Am Sonntag (1929). By the mid-1930s, he had written seven scenarios and even tried his hand at directing. After Hitler's rise to power in 1934, Wilder fled his homeland. Once in Hollywood, Wilder and roommate Peter Lorre had to learn English quickly if they wanted to join the American film industry. Together the German expatriates learned the language and began staking their territory in the Dream Factory. As a writer, Wilder could craft realistic relationships with sharp dialogue; he proved this in his scripts for Ninotchka (1939) with Greta Garbo and Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire(1941). As a filmmaker, Wilder was well acquainted with the shadowy, brooding style of German Expressionism. He brought these two gifts together to create a landmark film noir - DOUBLE INDEMNITY(1944). He followed this cinematic triumph with a risky project, the story of an alcoholic on a three-day binge. Not the usual subject matter for a Hollywood studio, THE LOST WEEKEND (1945) nevertheless claimed the Academy Award for Best Picture. By the end of the decade, Wilder dared even to paint a portrait of Hollywood stardom gone awry in Sunset Boulevard (1950). Each of these films is an undisputed classic today, but even at the time, his films were lauded. Six of his screenplays were nominated for Oscars between 1941-1950. Three of his eight Best Director nominations also came during this period. Billy Wilder claimed the American Dream; he was successfully playing by his own rules. By the end of the '50s, as censorship guidelines were easing, Wilder's projects became even more daring. Sex was central to Wilder's world and Hollywood celebrated his candor. He directed Marilyn Monroe in two of her most sensuous roles, The Seven Year Itch (1955) and SOME LIKE IT HOT(1959). More often than not, Wilder liked pointing his finger at the hyprocrisy of people's sexual mores. In THE APARTMENT(1960), Wilder took an incisive look at corrupt businessmen exploiting their employees for sexual favors. In IRMA LA DOUCE (1963), the world of a Parisian prostitute was lovingly painted in Technicolor tones. In Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), Wilder finally stepped over the line with the story of a struggling composer willing to offer his wife to sell a song.The film, which seems so innocent today, was scandalous in its own day. Critics called Kiss Me, Stupid pornographic smut and buried the picture. Audiences ignored it. Today, the film is a risque farce with great performances by Dean Martin and Kim Novak. The critical lambast deeply affected Wilder; this would be his last sex comedy. In 1966 Wilder brought together the dynamic combination of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau with THE FORTUNE COOKIE. Director and stars teamed again for The Front Page (1974), a remake of the newspaper classic; and Buddy, Buddy (1981), the story of an assassin and a sad sack ready to commit suicide. Wilder's many years in Hollywood produced an amazing string of hits. From sarcastic and cynical social commentary to outrageous sex farce, Wilder pushed his audiences to look at their own values and morals. He was an outsider who wasn't afraid to point out the follies of his fellow man or the worst aspects of American culture. He will be sorely missed. By Jeremy Geltzer

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Released in United States December 1984

Released in United States Winter December 1, 1984

Began shooting April 2, 1984.

Completed shooting November 1984.

A middle-aged man finds himself in hot water when his wife and his mistress are both pregnant.

Released in United States December 1984

Released in United States Winter December 1, 1984