Episode 147: Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot”
A discussion of Billy Wilder’s 1959 film “Some Like It Hot.”
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In 1959, Billy Wilder re-invented the American comedy with elements of absurdity, playfulness, and sex. “Some Like It Hot” played off of elements that made Billy Wilder a strong director while pleasing general audiences in the 1950s as much as it does today in 2012. “Some Like It Hot” was deemed the greatest American comedy of all-time by the American Film Institute and it the height of broad comedy with a sophisticated sensibility.
Why did general audiences latch on to “Some Like It Hot?” What did the performance of Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe bring to the wild sex comedy? And How did Billy Wilder parlay the success of “Some Like It Hot” for his future projects?
Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” is the subject of episode 147 of the AuteurCast…