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One, Two, Three

Billy Wilder
USA 1961 / 115’

One, Two, Three is a classic screwball comedy: farcical situations, breakneck pace, flirt, courtship and secret marriage, the obligatory cross dressing, class warfare, but especially the machinegun delivery of acerbically witty lines.

To placate his boss and save his career, the main character attempts to transform a young communist against his will into a budding capitalist and perfect groom for the boss’s daughter. Everything plays out in West Berlin at the edge of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, but the conflict of superpowers gets short shrift and a grain of salt. Meanwhile, the audience has to keep up with a mix of three languages, a cavalcade of improbable events of a sometimes slapstick provenance, and a whole that delightfully wafts of absurdity.

Kamila Żyto

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder, one of the most important directors in the history cinema, noted writer and producer, was born in 1906, in the town of Sucha in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Sucha Beskidzka in Poland). After studying law, he opted for a career in journalism. Moving to Berlin, he became an assistant screenwriter. Hitler’s rise to power convinced Wilder to emigrate, first to France and then the United States. Moving behind the camera, he went on to work with the brightest actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, winning six Oscars and top awards at Cannes and Venice. Wilder passed away in 2002.


1934 Złe nasienie / Mauvaise graine / Bad Seed

1942 Major i mała / The Major and the Minor

1943 Pięć grobów na drodze do Kairu / Five Graves to Cairo

1944 Podwójne ubezpieczenie / Double Indemnity

1945 Młyny śmierci / Death Mills (dok., kr. m. / doc., short)

1945 Stracony weekend / The Lost Weekend

1948 Cesarski walc / The Emperor Waltz

1948 Sprawy zagraniczne / A Foreign Affair

1950 Bulwar Zachodzącego Słońca / Sunset Blvd.

1951 As w potrzasku / Ace in the Hole

1953 Stalag 17

1954 Sabrina

1955 Słomiany wdowiec / The Seven Year Itch

1957 W duchu St. Louis / The Spirit of St. Louis

1957 Miłość po południu / Love in the Afternoon

1957 Świadek oskarżenia / Witness for the Prosecution

1959 Pół żartem, pół serio / Some Like It Hot

1960 Garsoniera / The Apartment

1961 Raz, dwa, trzy / One, Two, Three

1963 Słodka Irma / Irma la Douce

1964 Pocałuj mnie, głuptasie / Kiss Me, Stupid

1966 Szczęście Harry’ego / The Fortune Cookie

1970 Prywatne życie Sherlocka Holmesa / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1972 Avanti!

1974 Strona tytułowa / The Front Page

1978 Fedora

1981 Najlepszy kumpel / Buddy Buddy

Cast & Crew

director Billy Wilder
screenplay Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond; na podstawie sztuki Ferenca Molnára / based on a play by Ferenc Molnár
cinematography Daniel L. Fapp
editing Daniel Mandell
music André Previn
cast James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis, Howard St. John, Hanns Lothar, Leon Askin
producer Billy Wilder, Doane Harrison, I.A.L. Diamond
production The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions
sales Park Circus
language English, German, Russian
colouration b&w