From the early days of silent movies to the end of the ‘Studio System,’ this collection of radio interviews from the BBC Archive uncovers the story of Hollywood movie-making’s formative years. Legendary actors and directors reveal in their own words how it felt to be a part of a ‘golden age’ of film production. Combining BBC radio broadcasts and unedited interviews (many available in full for the first time), BBC Archive go behind the scenes of Tinseltown and relive some of the greatest adventures of the silver screen.
In this unedited recording, David Rayvern Allen chats with Austrian-born writer and film director Billy Wilder, whose credits include ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (1950), ‘The Seven Year Itch’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ (1959). Wilder’s conversation covers many topics, including the rise of Hitler, the rate of film production during Hollywood’s peak, the ‘star system,’ the advent of corporate-driven television and the state of the US economy. He goes into detail about the ‘tightly run fortresses’ of studio heads Louis B. Mayer, Harry Cohn and Samuel Goldwyn and speculates on how the movie moguls would have coped with the lack of censorship visible in modern pictures.
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