2002
Billy Wilder dies.
He was a great supporter of Spielberg’s career right from the beginning. One year before his death, he is interviewed for a book by filmmaker Cameron Crowe .

Conversations with Wilder turns out to be a kind of remake of Francois Truffaut’s must-read interview book Hitchcock, with Cameron Crowe in the inquisitive Truffaut role and 93-year-old Billy Wilder as the master director.

Martin Scorsese on Conversations with Wilder“Cameron Crowe’s book is like Wilder’s best films: sharply observed, absolutely succinct and precise, funny but always with a very strong, serious foundation. Billy Wilder is one of the few genuine masters we have left, from a period in film history that is now gone.”

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