Some like it hot part 4
The Making of Some Like It Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie by Tony Curtis
A Special Memoir for a Special Moment in Hollywood History . . .
Some Like It Hot occupies a unique place in American culture. This beloved classic showcases five comic geniuses: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, and Marilyn Monroe. It has been honored by the American Film Institute as the Funniest Film of All Time. It has contributed quotes, styles, and stories to film lore. Yet the full story of its making has never been told—until now.
60 years since Some Like It Hot
The film is based on the French movie Fanfares Of Love, a film with a nearly identical plot. Fanfares of Love, like Some Like it Hot , is about musicians who dress in drag in order to hide from gangsters who they accidentally witnessed committing murder. The film was produced in black and white despite color film's increasing popularity, partially because the male stars' makeup and female disguises looked much more realistic in black and white. Additionally, the movie studio also hired a famous female impersonator named Barbette to coach Curtis and Lemmon on gender illusion for the film. Throughout filming, Marilyn Monroe had difficulty with punctuality and concentration. Billy Wilder said that despite the difficulties she played the part wonderfully, and it is perhaps her most beloved onscreen performances.
It had a working title based on the name of one of its cross-dressing characters but this was a film that laughed in the face of the censorious Hays Production Code while sealing its place in the pantheon of movie greats and delivering the most memorable and hilarious closing line. Often voted the best comedy film ever made, the Billy Wilder classic, Some Like It Hot, celebrates its 60th birthday this year. The farce was released without the highly-moral Production Code seal of approval due to its unabashed sexual themes which included cross-dressing in the shape of matinee idol Tony Curtis and relative newcomer Jack Lemmon who join an all-girl jazz band to escape a murderous mob in Twenties Prohibition America. Who else am I going to use? With this triumvirate of comedy perfection in place the plot was set against a backdrop of a mafia mob murder, a glamorous seaside setting and a series of identity misunderstandings which create some of the wittiest and most memorable lines in a film. When the band arrives at the hotel Joe has a plan to win Sugar over by adopting yet another disguise.
Brown , Joan Shawlee , and Nehemiah Persoff. The screenplay by Billy Wilder and I. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed commit a crime inspired by the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Some Like It Hot opened to critical and commercial success and is today considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. The film was produced without approval from the Motion Picture Production Code because it plays with the idea of homosexuality and features cross dressing. The code had been gradually weakening in its scope during the early s, due to greater social tolerance for previously taboo topics in film, but it was still officially enforced until the mids. In February in Prohibition -era Chicago , Joe Tony Curtis is a jazz saxophone player and an irresponsible gambler and ladies' man; his sensible friend Jerry Jack Lemmon is a jazz double bass player.
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Sign in. Get a quick look at the the week's trailers, including Villains , Countdown , Like a Boss , and more., The all-time outrageous, satirical, comedy farce favorite, Some Like It Hot is one of the most hilarious, raucous films ever made. The ribald film is a clever combination of many elements: a spoof of 's gangster films with period costumes and speakeasies, and romance in a quasi-screwball comedy with one central joke - entangled and deceptive identities, reversed sex roles and cross-dressing.