Ehensively as here Creating a scenario in which Billy Wilder features centrally but feels like a romantic comedy is a tour de forceEven the darker wartime work n Death Mills is treated elegantly and with no unnecessary dramatics but a deeply felt sympathyA uick read I was sorry had finished A delight A really entertaining read Now to find and watch again Billy Wilder s film Fedora Some books have the capacity to stay with you for a long time I read this in a single day and was sad when it was finished It will certainly stay with me for a very long time It is hard to explain just how good this book is It is full f humanity the possibilities f youth the challenges f later life the ease f the young to look forward the need for lder people to do the same There is love friendship regret kindness and inspiration all brilliantly evoked through the recollections f a late middle aged woman looking back from the present day n her life in the 1970 s when she was much younger The narrator s voice was so convincing to me that as I read the author s notes at the end it came as a little jolt to be reminded that the author is maleThe book revolves around the idea f a young Greek woman becoming involved by chance in the L'Epuration sauvage Tome 1 : L'Épuration sauvage de Philippe Bourdrel ( 1 septembre 1988 ) orbitf Billy Wilder the Hollywood movie director Historia Spécial n° 31 Collaboration et collaborateurs / Darlan, Vichy, Doriot, Deloncle, Déat, Bucard, Clémenti… of Some Like It Hot and many Austrian born Wilder left Germany and then France for the USA to avoid the Nazis and his conflicted feelings about his return to Germany to make a film financed by a German hedge fund isne La gestapo en France of a numberf features in this book which are utterly convincingThe author has done a uite brilliant job here Somehow he has woven numerous Wilder uotes numerous incidents from Wilder s life and career and from the the film Fedora into the story as told by Calista the female narrator L'epuration francaise. 1944-1949. of the story Reading the book my world slipped away for several hours In my mind i was in the 1970 s in Greece Paris London and Los Angeles bathed in the lightf youthful possibility and f
Wilder s charismaThis is a wonderful book There is no way s charismaThis is a wonderful book There is no way my review can do it justice but you really should read it for yourself 1976 Los Angeles in an expensive restaurant a young girl is wined and dined by a Hollywood film director However this is not a Metoo moment nor a Metoo novel It is a portrait f Billy Wilder at the end Histoire de la milice. 1918 - 1945. of his career painted by the girl Calista is fictional though very loosely Calista is thrilled with her new adventure Wilder himself struggling to raise the money for his next feature film is living with the realisation that his star may ben the waneIn his new novel that is by turns fu. .
Beginning in the present day and moving back to the 1970s
Jonathan Coe s latest novel Mr Wilder and Me focuses n Calista Frangopoulou who as a young woman in 1976 leaves Coe s latest novel Mr Wilder and Me focuses n Calista Frangopoulou who as a young woman in 1976 leaves Athens home to backpack around America where she meets by chance Hollywood director Billy Wilder Back home in Athens she is excited to learn that Wilder is coming to Greece to shoot Fedora a film starring William Holden Marthe Keller and Hildegard Knef and which having been turned down by Hollywood is being filmed in Europe with German money And Calista who speaks Greek English French and German is even excited
When She Discovers She Has Been Offered A Job On she discovers she has
Been Offered A Job On As A offered a job Vivre avec l'ennemi on as a As the story moves between Greece Germany France and America we see Calista in therbit La France virile Des femmes tondues à la Libération of famous actors film producers directors screenwriters et al as she transforms herself from a naive young woman to a composerf music for films and First person narrated by Calista this part coming L'épuration sauvage 1944-1945- (tome 1 seul) of age story and part portraitf Billy Wilder is ne that I was very interested in when I spotted it whilst browsing n however although there were parts to the story I enjoyed I just didn t find this as interesting Vichy or entertaining as I had expected to I wasn t convinced by the close relationship that developed very uickly between Billy Wilder and Calista where Wilder revealed his vulnerabilities and shared intimate details about his life to the young translator he even asked Calista for advice about certain things and alsoffered her advice about her love life which seemed very unlikely between someone in his position and hers I also felt the middle section L'épuration sauvage of the book where Billy Wilder s past life story was recounted in the formf a truncated screenplayscript didn t work very well That s not to say as previously mentioned that there weren t parts to this story that I enjoyed and Les collaborateurs, 1940-1945 on a positive note I felt Mr Coe s voice as a young female was uite convincing something I think he did even better in his novel The Rain Before it Falls however if I m being entirely honest Mr Wilder and Me is a book that won t stay in my mind for very long and for me this was a 3 Star read3 Stars I usually enjoy Jonathan Coe but this book was a particularly delightful and perfectly formed little work showingff his undoubted talents in a light almost wistful wayHe has shown his enthusiasm for the cinema in earlier works but never as compr. A young woman named Calista meets the famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder in the sweltering summer L'Affaire Joinovici : Collaborateur, résistant et... bouc émissaire of 1976 She knows nothing about himr his work but this chance encounter will change her life for good But while. Rawn from L'Épuration française : 1944-1949 onef Wilder s assistants n his last movie Fedora It is interesting but not much than thatI did not find Calista plausible Chance might have "FOUND HER A JOB ON A "her a job n a set maybe What I could not believe was that a close relationship would develop between the two Coe has him Les Policiers français sous l'occupation, d'après les archives inédites de l'épuration opening his heart to this young girl This is a novelistic device to show what Wilder was really like his chats to Calista being peppered with things he really said but not to anyone like CalistaCalista also functions as a character device We meet her first in 2013 when her career isver and her family has grown up With Vichy et la chasse aux espions nazis : 1940-1942 : complexités de la politique de la collaboration one daughterff to study music in Sydney and the ther waiting to go to Oxford and a big house in Hammersmith I struggled for empathy Anyway the thing is she recalls that Wilder was in a similar position
WHEN SHE KNEW HIM THUS SHE FINDS WORDS OF she knew him Thus she finds words f and a renewed sense L'Epuration of purpose in life The endingf the novel I found corny I don t think Wilder would have wanted to turn this into a filmPolly Samson tried the same thing with Leonard Cohen coincidentally with a young girl also Vichy en prison: Les épurés à Fresnes après la Libération on a Greek island William Boyd has just released his novel using a thinly veiled Jean Seberg Then there s David Mitchell and his semi fictitious accountf Sandy Denny None Histoire de la collaboration of them carried this reader with themn their journeys to the past I guess I m core demographic for this book Double Indemnity is my all time favourite film with The Apartment not far behind I enjoyed it enormously while at the same time feeling that a brilliant idea hadn t uite come ff The book s two faults both arise from its being
#so short the #short the story is so minimalist that it s clunky and the book would have benefited from a dissenting viewpoint The narrator and presumably the author assume that Wilder and Diamond found it hard to raise money in the 1970s because what they did was no longer fashionable But it wasn t nly Scorsese and co who made that decade the silver age Les Patrons sous l'occupation, tome 1. Collaboration, résistance, marché Noir of Hollywood people such as Hal Ashby were making wonderful moviesf a much traditional kind The book actually contains what I take to be a reference to Shampoo I suspect that Billy and Iz really had run L'Epuration sauvage Tome 1 : L'Épuration sauvage outf road artistically as well as commercially One discrepancy there s a suggestion in the Paris chapter that The Lost Weekend was a box Le Voyage d'automne - Octobre 1941, des écrivains français en Allemagne. Récit. office hit and an earlierne in the Munich chapter that it wasn t Wikipedia says it was. Nny tender and profoundly truthful Jonathan Coe turns his gaze to the nature BORDEAUX 1940-1944 of time fame family and nostalgia When the world is catapulting towards change do you holdn for dear life r decide it's time to let go.