Directed By Billy Wilder

  |  Buy to Own: 27/11/2006
  |  390 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Directed By Billy Wilder Film Poster


Four films by the famous multi-Oscar nominated director Billy Wilder collected in a box set. Wilder's films were known for having substance and mass appeal - a rare combination in heady '40s Hollywood where quantity was the only yardstick for most studios. 'The Major and the Minor' (1942) is a comedy starring the incomparable Ginger Rodgers - a young woman disillusioned with the big city, trying to get home. Lacking cash, she disguises herself as a child called Su-Su to get a child ticket. She's befriended by a kindly Major (Ray Milland) who insists on looking after the poor but deceitful waif who, in turn, falls in love with him. 'Double Indemnity' (1944) is arguably Wilder's masterpiece. A noir mystery, it stars Barbara Stanwyck as a bored housewife cum femme fatale seducing her insurance man (Fred McMurray). 'The Lost Weekend' (1945) was one of the first films to tackle alcoholism with any seriousness. Ray Milland, who won an Oscar for the role, stars as Don Birnam, a hopeless alcoholic struggling to hide his addiction and rebuff earnest attempts by his brother (John Terry) and his paramour (Jane Wyman) to help him quit. His brother organizes a weekend away, which becomes an even more desperate swallow-session for Don. 'A Foreign Affair' (1948) is set in postwar occupied Berlin and tells the story of Erica (Marlene Detrich) a café singer with a Nazi past. She seduces Captain John Pringle (John Lund) in the hope he can help her find her former Nazi lover. A U.S. Congresswoman played by Jean Arthur, is investigating GI conduct in the city and discovers Erica's past.