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.”