Today’s moviegoers might associate love with films such as Titanic, 50 Shades of Grey, Twilight or the Notebook.
But none of them top the 1959 classic “Some Like It Hot” considered one of the most hilarious, raucous films of all time.
In fact, in the year 2000, the film was listed in the American Film Institute’s top 100 comedies.
“It’s about two guys who pretend to be women in an all-girls band because they are on the run from the mob,” says Calumet College Learning Communities Coordinator Jennifer Young.
Young will feature the film during Humanities Fest at CCSJ on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
This year’s festival theme is love.
Young says Some Like It Hot is the perfect film for the fest and not just because it’s one of her favorite comedies.
“This movie blurs the fine line between love and lust like most people due in today’s society,” Young says.
The romantic comedy takes place in the Eisenhower pre-depression America during 1929.
Two musicians witness a mob hit and must flee the state when the real adventure begins.
The two seem to be safe when they run into different compilations.
The film features two big stars of the day: Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, sort of the George Clooney and Brad Pitt for their time.
But the big draw is the steamy actress Marilyn Monroe, considered an enduring American cultural icon and the biggest sex symbol ever.
Curtis and Lemmon’s characters must dress as women after witnessing events inspired by the Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Like most events during Humanities Fest, the film touch sensitive topics society is dealing with.
“Some Like It Hot walks the fine line between stories of love and stories of lust, especially when it starts to bend the boundaries with cross dressing and assumptions gender and gender roles,” Young says.
This light hard romantic comedy touched on topics that to this day are still up for debate to this day including playing with the idea of homosexuality, which was taboo at the time, and for many, still is.
Although filmed in black and white, color was used in movies during the 50s.
It takes subtle risque bits that should keep the viewers entertained.
Monroe plays the band leader “Sugar Kane Kowalczyk” who leads the all-female band “Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators.”
This Golden Globe winning film touches on subjects some audiences still don’t believe should be in the theater like gender inequalities.
Curtis and Lemmon compete for Monroe’s affections, even though they are disguised as women.
The movie, according to Filmsite, was released at the end of the repressive 1950s.
The Catholic League of Decency strongly complained about the film calling it “seriously offensive to Christian and traditional standards of morality and decency,” in large part due to its subject of transvestism, double-entendre dialogue, and “intimations of homosexuality and lesbianism.”
Director-producer Billy Wilder challenged those responsible for rating the movies with risque dialogue, vulgarity, free love and very sexy outfits for Marilyn Monroe. The film also dealt with themes of abuse, alcoholism, unemployment and murder.
The movie was nominated for six Oscars including for best actor (Jack Lemmon), best director but only walked away with one award for best costume design.
Ironically, the film will be shown at CCSJ just a week after it was released 58 years ago on March 29, 1959.
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