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Billy Wilder’s top 10 screenwriting tips

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. Titles: The Apartment Names: Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray Characters: Jeff D. Sheldrake Still of Jack Lemmon and Fred MacMurray in The Apartment

J.D. Sheldrake: Ya know, you see a girl a couple of times a week, just for laughs, and right away they think you’re gonna divorce your wife. Now I ask you, is that fair?
C.C. Baxter: No, sir, it’s very unfair… Especially to your wife.

I may soon be delving into the world of scriptwriting as part of my Writing MA. So, as Billy Wilder was the co-writer and director of Some Like it Hot and The Apartment, two of the movies I’d want to have with me if I was ever stranded on a desert island, I thought I’d see if he’d shared any useful tips on the craft. Here are his top tips:

  1. The audience is fickle.
  2. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go. Read more…

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