November 27, 2014
At A Certain Cinema: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond at work on the screenplay for Irma la Douce
Billy Wilder’s reputation as a great film director would not be possible, but for the typewriter. It is fate, perhaps, that we find several photographs of Mr. Wilder with various typewriters. In the photo above, he’s pictured working with I. A. L. Diamond, “Izzy.” The pair collaborated on at least 17 different screenplays.
This one is clearly a Royal; Hollywood Legacy’s Pinterest site: “BILLY WILDER and frequent screenwriter partner, I.A.L. DIAMOND. “Izzy” is seated at the typewriter, with Wilder standing, as usual. Wilder liked to “think on his feet” and was a notorious pacer. Wilder & Diamond wrote 17 films together, including: SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE APARTMENT, LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, IRMA LA DOUCE”
Wilder’s scripts often featured writers and others who used typewriters. He had almost a fetish for featuring typewriters in his movies. How could we not like a guy who loved typewriters like that?
From the great Oz Typewriters site: “Wilder died in Beverly Hills on March 27, 2002. Here is what is on his tombstone”