Billy Wilder


Billy Wilder Quotes

  • ''The forest of Compiegne. Look at it. Like a kind grandmother dozing in her rocking chair. Old trees practicing curtsies in the wind because they still think Louis XIV is king.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S. film director, producer, writer, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Tom (Ray Milland), Arise My Love, to Augusta (Claudette Colbert) as their train passes through the forest (1940).
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  • ''Ever notice how these European trains always smell of eau de cologne and hard boiled eggs?''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S. film director, producer, writer, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Tom (Ray Milland), Arise My Love (1940).
  • ''I had one life. And what did I do? Wasted it in some palooka preliminaries in Spain, just before Hitler and Chamberlain warm up for the main event.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S. film director, producer, writer, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Tom (Ray Milland), Arise My Love, before he is to be executed by the Fascists in Spain (1940).
  • ''If you're counting my eyebrows, I can help you. There are two.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S. film director, producer, writer, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Tom (Ray Milland), Arise My Love, to Augusta (Claudette Colbert), who has been staring at him, thinking he's asleep (1940).
  • ''It was a hot afternoon and I can still remember the smell of honeysuckle all along the street. How can I have known that murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906) U.S. (Austrian born) film director, and Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author, screenwriter. Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), Double Indemnity, recording his murder confession into an office dictaphone for his boss, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), while weak from a gunshot wound (1944).
  • ''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.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director. "Arena," television profile, BBC2 (January 24, 1992).
  • ''You're not smarter, Walter, just a little taller.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906) U.S. (Austrian born) film director, and Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author, screenwriter. Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), Double Indemnity, after Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) turns down Keyes's job offer (1944).
  • ''You know, that stuff about pink elephants, that's the bunk. It's little animals. Little tiny turkeys in straw hats. Midget monkeys coming through the keyholes.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S., and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Bim (Frank Faylen), The Lost Weekend, talking about what happens when a person has the DTs (1945).
  • ''It's like the doctor was just telling me, "Delirium is a disease of the night." Good night.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S., and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Bim (Frank Faylen), The Lost Weekend, to Don (Ray Milland), who is spending his first night in an alcoholic ward (1945).
  • ''I know you're trying, Don. We're both trying. You're trying not to drink and I'm trying not to love you.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian screenwriter, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Helen (Jane Wyman), The Lost Weekend, to Don (Ray Milland) (1945).

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