Director’s Dreams

As part of our enquiry into the connection between literature and film we asked a few prominent and promising directors which book they would most like to make into a movie, given a totally free choice. We received the following replies:

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BILLY WILDER

It would have to be Josefine Mutzenbacher, an early twentieth century pornographic work, which is thought to be by Felix Salten who also wrote Bambi. Why? Because the costumes would be so cheap. It is the diary of a prostitute whose father was a janitor. It’s a delicious piece of literature, the most obscene, pornographic piece of Austrian literature. I’d like to do the screen tests all day.

(Mr Wilder’s best-known films are Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, The Apartment and Some Like It Hot)

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