"It's the pictures that got small" : Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's golden age

Diaries. Selections
Brackett, Charles, 1892-1969

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  • Creator edited by Anthony Slide
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
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  • Physical Details
    • xviii, 422 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780231167086, 0231167083, 9780231538220
  • OCLC ocn881026182


  • Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner of director Billy Wilder, who once referred to the pair as "the happiest couple in Hollywood," collaborating on such classics asThe Lost Weekend (1945) and Sunset Blvd (1950). In this annotated collection of writings taken from dozens of Brackett's unpublished diaries, leading film historian Anthony Slide clarifies Brackett's critical contribution to Wilder's films and Hollywood history while enriching our knowledge of Wilder's achievements in writing, direction, and style. Brackett's diaries re-create the initial meetings of the talent responsible forNinotchka (1939), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), Ball of Fire (1941),The Major and the Minor (1942), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The Lost Weekend, andSunset Blvd, recounting the breakthrough and breakdowns that ultimately forced these collaborators to part ways.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-410) and index.
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