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Some Like It Hot: The Films of Billy Wilder

One weekend only at Gateway Film Center

A retrospective celebrating Billy Wilder, one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hollywood cinema whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. A powerful creative influence, he holds a significant place in the history of Hollywood censorship for expanding the range of acceptable subject matter.

Called the master of the American comedy, Wilder wrote and directed in variety of genres, crafting the grand melodrama Sunset Boulevard (1950),┬áthe “funniest movie ever made” Some Like It Hot (1959), the romantic comedies Sabrina (1954) and workplace satire The Apartment (1960), the legal mystery thriller Witness for the Prosecution (1957), and setting the standard for film noir with Double Indemnity (1944).

We are thrilled to present this selection of Wilder’s most celebrated features, including five 4K Restorations.

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Gateway Film Foundation, a 501(c)(3), receives year-round support from Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Campus Partners, and The Columbus Foundation.

Friday, March 17, 2023 | 7:00 pm

The Apartment (1960) 4K Restoration

An ambitious insurance clerk C.C. “Bud” Baxter (Jack Lemmon) attempts to climb the corporate ladder by loaning his apartment to his superiors for their extramarital affairs, until he falls for the top executive’s girlfriend, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine). Wilder’s tragicomic satire won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Sabrina (1954) 4K Restoration

In Wilder’s celebrated romantic comedy, a chauffeur’s daughter, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) pines for the family’s spoiled, womanizing younger son, David (William Holden), but it’s his more serious brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) who would be the better man for her.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 4:00 pm

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Wilder’s definitive courtroom thriller. A British lawyer (Charles Laughton) agrees to represent Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) after he is arrested for the sensational murder of a wealthy widow. What follows is a game of deception in and out of court complicated more by the presence of Vole’s wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich).

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Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Some Like It Hot (1959) 4K Restoration

One of Wilder’s best-loved films. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are two down-and-out musicians in 1929 Chicago. When they accidentally witness a mob hit, they hop town in stilettos, joining Marilyn Monroe and an all-female jazz band heading to Florida.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Sunset Boulevard (1950) 4K Restoration

Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen’s most memorable characters. Winner of three Academy Awards, director Billy Wilder’s powerful orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic classic.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 4:00 pm

Double Indemnity (1944) 4K Restoration

It’s love and murder at first sight! A Los Angeles insurance representative (Fred MacMurray) lets an alluring housewife (Barbara Stanwyck) seduce him into a scheme of insurance fraud and murder that arouses the suspicion of his colleague, an insurance investigator (Edward G. Robinson). Wilder’s quintessential film noir was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

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