Episode 146: Billy Wilder’s “Witness For The Prosecution”
A discussion of Billy Wilder’s 1857 film “Witness For The Prosecution.”
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In 1957, Billy Wilder took on a courtroom drama that engaged and enthralled both the UK and the US. “Witness For The Prosecution” was the film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s widely popular best-selling novel. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director for Billy Wilder, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Charles Laughton.
Why was “Witness For The Prosecution” so riveting for general audiences? What did directing legend Orson Welles bring to the film? And How did “Witness For The Prosecution” solidify Billy Wilder as one of the best directors working in the Hollywood System of the 1950s?
Billy Wilder’s “Witness For The Prosecution” is the subject of episode 146 of the AuteurCast…