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Director: BILLY WILDER

120 minutes, U.S.A., 1959, Black and White, D-Cinema


IFI CLASSIC

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Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing caper had a troubled gestation. Marilyn Monroe was reportedly pregnant during filming, and, too distracted to remember her lines, she was indulged with cue cards and multiple retakes. She got little sympathy from the vain, spiteful Tony Curtis, who would declare that love scenes with Monroe were like “kissing Hitler”, though he would latterly seek to tone down that comment. Jack Lemmon only landed the role of Jerry/Daphne after Jerry Lewis baulked at the notion of wearing a frock.

The film played badly to test audiences and was condemned by the Catholic Church, and yet it has survived to be celebrated as one of Hollywood’s greatest comedies and a crowning achievement for all concerned. Indeed, it is a film that rewards with repeated viewing, with a sense of humour that is more sophisticated than initially apparent and a killer pay-off that gets funnier every time. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

This film will feature as part of July’s FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Monday, July 28th (18.30). This club is open to all so please join us to chat about this film and more! Simply collect your free ticket at the IFI Box Office.

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

★★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★★ The Guardian

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