by Akis Gavriilidis
What follows is a chapter from a book originally published by the author in Greek, under the title Μπίλι Ουάιλντερ. Η (αυτο)κριτική του χολιγουντιανού θεάματος [Billy Wilder: The (Self-)Criticism of the Hollywood Spectacle] (Athens: Aigokeros, 2009). The book was translated into English, but was never published. The version published here contains some inevitable additions and adaptations.
First publication: Identities. Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol 16 No 1-2 (2019): Vol. 16, No. 1-2 (Summer – Winter 2019) – Issue No. 30-31
A film that contains Wilder’s most bitter criticisms of the American way of life is The Big Carnival/Ace in the Hole, released in 1951. Wilder himself was the producer and also Συνέχεια