Tue 4 Feb, 2003 02:24 pm
I received a DVD of 'Some Like It Hot', as a Christmas present. Shocking as this may seem, I only managed to watch it a couple of days ago. (Obviously I need to sort out my priorites in life!!)
I just feel compelled (As if this is really necessary!!), to remind everyone about the sheer pleasure of watching a classic (Perfect?) comedy. In these days of 'gross out' comedy, Some Like It Hot, is a reminder of how the greats can make us laugh, without having to gross out anybody!
If for some reason, you have never seen this film, please, PLEASE, make a point of watching it.
If you haven't seen it for several years, don't you think it's about time to you made the effort to revisit a classic? Go on....why are you waiting?
I have seen it numerous times over the years, and it never fails to enchant me. It is a hoot. I would be interested in knowing how the twenty somethings in the crowd feel about this film, having been brought up on the gross out sort of comedy!
Is Tony Curtis still hot?
I can certainly tell some stories about Curtis that wouldn't make him look too hot.
In this film, he was perfect with his consciously using Cary Grant as a model for his performance. Of course, that leaves it open as to who he used for the drag performance. I think Deborah Kerr!
This is easily my favorite Marilyn Monroe performance and the fact that she is even in this gender bending comedy is delicious indeed.
Jack Lemmon is at the top of his form and I get really suckered in every time when he begins to lose his persona in the impersonation.
A well deserved number one comedy placement in AFI's poll.
For a brief trip down memory lane, here are some stills from Some Like It Hot. There is also a review of the film, and a biography of what I consider my favourite aspect of the film....Jack Lemmon.
Some Like It Hot
From an early age, I was a fan of Jack Lemmon. At first it was his comedy roles, but then I became aware of his range as an actor. He was much more than a great comedy actor, although this would have been an accomplishment in itself. He was simply, a great actor. His range extended from comedy roles in films such as The Fortune Cookie, Some Like It Hot, & The Odd Couple, to his dramatic roles that included the films Missing, The China Syndrome, Save The Tiger (Oscar for best actor), & Glengarry Glen Ross.
I suppose Kevin Spacey would be the closest we now have to a modern day Jack Lemmon.
Tony Curtis in drag reminded me of Anne Francis.
Lemmon's role in "The Days of Wine and Roses" is I believe the finest performance of an alcoholic in league with Ray Milland, Michael Keaton and Nicholas Cage. Lemmon's performance for me was the least "acted" and more like the real alcoholic -- a good everyday Joe who is insidiously attracted to the beguiling effects of that particular drug.
In "Some Like It Hot," he's just obviously having so much fun in drag that one can't help laughing before he even utters a line. The scene with Marilyn in the sleeper car is a comedy classic.
Truly a great movie. Let's not forget the brilliance of Joe E. Brown: "Nobody's perfect!"
oh gawd, i love this movie sooooooooooo much. D'artagnan - that line makes the whole movie, which was already divine, perfect. Nobody's perfect, but i've always thought Some Like It Hot the perfect film.
Right you are, ehBeth. If there's ever been a perfect movie, this is it!