Black-and-white still from "Double Indemnity" of Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray looking serious in a store.

Double Indemnity (1944), directed by Billy Wilder, © Paramount Pictures, courtesy of Paramount Pictures/Photofest.


Billy Wilder Movie Group

Online Class

Thursdays, May 13 and 27, June 10 and 24, 7:30–9:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

Billy Wilder’s brilliant storytelling and film direction revealed both comic and tragic truths about the human condition in ways that make his films classic, enduring, and relevant. A refugee from Nazi Germany, Wilder reigned as Hollywood’s greatest and most prolific creative genius from the 1940s through the ’60s, racking up twenty-one Oscar nominations and many wins along the way.

In this discussion series, we’ll focus on four Wilder films that demonstrate his expansive command of styles and genres:

  • The noir classic Double Indemnity (1944)
  • The social drama The Lost Weekend (1945), featuring Ray Milland at the height of his career
  • The biting take on Hollywood Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • The film that arguably catapulted both Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine to stardom, The Apartment (1960)

Facilitator: Theodore Rand is a graduate of New York University. A former magazine editor, he has held legal and technology positions at Miramax, Yahoo! Media Group, Fox Networks, and the Walt Disney Company. He is currently head of technology for the Executive Education Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management.