Classic Film Series: SOME LIKE IT HOT

| 1959 | 120 minutes | |
Billy Wilder

Wednesday June 18, 2014


$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

For our last Classic Film Series for the season we will be screening: SOME LIKE IT HOT.  Besides being the most famous film made by legendary sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (her signature performance) Some Like it Hot is a comedy classic in its own right. In 2000, it was voted by the American Film Institute as #1 on its list of the 100 Funniest Movies. So please join us this Wednesday for our closing party of classic film series night!

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The launching pad for Billy Wilder’s comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O’Brien).

Several weeks¬†later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters’ hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue’s all-girl orchestra. En route to Florida by train with Sweet Sue’s band, the boys (girls?) make the acquaintance of Sue’s lead singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, in what may be her best performance). Joe and Jerry immediately fall in love, though of course their new feminine identities prevent them from acting on their desires.

Still, they are determined to woo her, and they enact an elaborate series of gender-bending ruses complicated by the fact that flirtatious millionaire Osgood Fielding (Joe E. Brown) has fallen in love with “Daphne.” The plot gets even thicker when Spats Columbo and his boys show up in Florida. Nominated for several Oscars, Some Like It Hot ended up the biggest moneymaking comedy up to 1959. Full of hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes, it has not tarnished with time and in fact seems to get better with each passing year, as its cross-dressing humor keeps it only more and more up-to-date.

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"Here is one of those movies that persists beyond the implications of a mere time frame, resonating with audiences like a very fine wine." -David Keyes

"This is a flawlessly scripted, superbly performed and endlessly witty comedy that deserves its place among the all-time greats." -James Jennings

"In many ways, the ultimate Billy Wilder film -- replete with breathless pacing, transvestite humor, and unflinching cynicism." -Dave Kehr

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