Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Billy Wilder 1906-2002

"Wilder was sent to Berlin at the end of World War II to help reestablish the German entertainment industry. Having authorized the resumption of the Oberammergau Passion Play, he was asked if a certain actor, a known supporter of the Nazis, could reassume the role of Christ, which he had played before the war. 'Certainly,' replied Wilder, 'if you use real nails.'"

from The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes, ed by Clifton Fadiman, 1985.

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