Some Like it Hot

  • Dir: Billy Wilder

  • USA, 1959, 121 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe

Hailed as the funniest American picture of the 20th century, Wilder’s clever and farcical comedy of inspiration and meticulous craft is one of the enduring treasures of movie history. Curtis and Lemmon play Chicago musicians who masquerade as women to escape from mafia gangsters after witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Curtis disguises himself as a tycoon to win Monroe who dreams of marrying a millionaire; Lemmon, in turn, is proposed by a real wealthy blockhead. Wilder’s sense of humor is as broad as it can be sophisticated, and Monroe, with that combination of sex appeal and naive quality, who can ever resist?

#1 in American Film Institute’s “100 Years…100 Laughs” (2000)

Further Readings:
Some Like it Hot, From 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider (N.Y: Barron’s, 2003)
Some Like it Hot, From “Defining Moments in Movies – The Greatest Films, Stars, Scenes, and Events that Made Movie Magic” (NY, 2007)

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.