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Some Like It Hot
dir. Billy Wilder / USA 1959 / 120’
subtitles: Polish


Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff


Golden Globes 1960 – best motion picture comedy, best motion picture actor in comedy, best motion picture actress in comedy, Oscar 1960 – best costume design, BAFTA Awards 1960 – best foreign actor

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Director Billy Wilder may have made better films (e.g. The Apartment), but will always be remembered for the evergreen comedy Some Like It Hot. It has entertained generations for fifty years and looks unlikely to stop anytime soon. What is behind this seemingly simple farce about two musicians that cross-dress in a women’s orchestra to hide from gangsters?

Cross-dressing is a centuries-old ancient motif, worthy of Shakespeare and pulp comedies – a guy dressed as a girl is guaranteed laughs. Still, the filmmakers’ sense of humor makes Some Like It Hot rise above bawdy slapstick. It succeeds as a tale about the fluidity between genders, gender-bending, and relative nature of what is male and female. It is the godfather of all films that question traditional gender roles.

Witty dialogues, great lines (e.g. Nobody’s Perfect), and excellent acting by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Joe E. Brown make for excellent comedy, but Marilyn Monroe is the film’s true diva. She plays Sugar Kane, a girl with a thing for sax players, brings charm and melancholy to the screen, making Some Like It Hot not only funny but also moving.

Bartosz Żurawiecki

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