Billy Wilder's Anti-Heroes Analytical Essay

Billy Wilder's Anti-Heroes
This paper analyzes Billy Wilder's theme of the Anti-Hero throughout his career.
# 147684 | 2,238 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 13, 2011 in Film (History of) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper first defines anti-hero and its uses in film. It then discusses Billy Wilder's characterizations of the classic anti-hero in four movies: "Double Indemnity", "Ace in The Hole", "Sunset Boulevard", and "Stalag 17". The author repeatedly shows how Wilder develops characters that have depth and are able to embody both positive and negative qualities.

From the Paper:

"Wilder's anti-heroes range from murders to debt collector avoiders and each one is unique. These four films are built around a great anti-hero and the mess that surrounds their mega personalities. Wilder's characters show a fascinating balance of good and bad that make the audience root for the character and sit on the edge of their seat, waiting for the next crazy shenanigan the anti-hero will get in and most likely out of. The anti-hero is a refreshing breath of air in a film industry full of over emphasized heroes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "A Film Noir Glossary." Film Noir Studies. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. <>.
  • Haskell, Molly. "Ace in the Hole: Noir in Broad Daylight - From the Current." The Criterion Collection. Web. 15 Apr. 2011. <>.

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