Billy Wilder

The Lubitsch-Wilder Connection

As ‘Ninotchka’ gets a weeklong run, considering the two great comedy directors.

12/26/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

It would only be a slight exaggeration to say that Billy Wilder worshipped Ernst Lubitsch. On the wall in Wilder’s office years after Lubitsch’s death hung a sign that read, “What would Lubitsch do?” Wilder’s best work as a comedy director is indebted to Lubitsch’s visual inventiveness and lightness of touch. The verbal fireworks, however, were Wilder’s own.

Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in "Ninotchka."
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