Some Like It Hot (1959)
(B&W – 121 mins)
An NCPA & Film Heritage Foundation Presentation
The Variety review in 1959 read: “Some Like It Hot, directed in masterly style by Billy Wilder, is probably the funniest picture of recent memory. It’s a whacky, clever, farcical comedy that starts off like a firecracker and keeps on throwing off lively sparks till the very end.” After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry, played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon respectively in landmark performances, disguise themselves as women and leave town, joining an all-woman band en route to Miami. The band’s singer, Sugar Kane, played by Marilyn Monroe at her bombshell best, dreams of marrying a millionaire. Joe attempts to woo Sugar by taking on a second disguise as a millionaire, while Jerry in his female avatar as “Daphne” gets engaged to a real tycoon. While romance blossoms in Miami, the gangsters reappear, and the film unspools in a stream of farcical, slapstick situations. The film won three Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture and one each for Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon for their performances. It was nominated for six Oscars, winning for Best Costume Design.
Director & Producer: Billy Wilder
Screenplay: Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond
Cinematographer: Charles Lang, Jr.
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien & Joe E. Brown
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. NCPA Members will get preferential seating till 6:20 pm.
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