William Holden

Born: 17 April 1918, O'Fallon, Illinois
Died: 9 November 1981, Santa Monica, Calif.

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Highlighted works

  • Sunset Blvd.

    Sunset Blvd.

    The most caustic of European émigré directors, Wilder explored the movie industry and the delusions of stardom in Hollywood’s great poison pen letter to itself.

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness plays a WWII British colonel whose perverse sense of duty leads him to help his Japanese captors build a bridge.

  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    A gang of outlaws goes out in a blaze of violence and glory in Sam Peckinpah’s elegiac film about the dying days of the wild west.

  • Network


    This scabrous newsroom satire became a cult favourite in an era when criticism of mainstream American corporate media was largely the preserve of the Left.


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