It’s midnight on Friday – the weekend is finally here. It’s dark outside and there’s no work tomorrow. It’s time for a double feature – One night. Two films.
Double Feature Theme: Billy Wilder night
Films: The Apartment/Some Like It Hot
Director: Billy Wilder
Release dates: 1960/1959
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Midnight Double Feature #6: The Apartment & Some Like It Hot
It is astounding that Billy Wiilder should be responsible for not one or two or even three of the greatest Hollywood films ever made. He may well be the director of at least half a dozen masterpieces – that’s more than Orson Welles can muster. I sang the praises of the excellent Stalag 17 while various Wilder films have appeared in numerous lists across the site including Top 10 films to see before going to film school (Sunset Boulevard), Top 25 films to make you happy (Some Like It Hot), Top 10 romantic films men shouldn’t be ashamed to love (Some Like it Hot), Top 10 Best Picture Winners (The Apartment) and Top 10 anti-date films (Sunset Boulevard). In addition, our retrospective on the great Oliver Reed found Some Like It Hot to be his finest film, while Isabella Rossellini told us the film was her favourite of all time. But we mustn’t forget about Double Indemnity, Witness For The Prosecution, Ace In The Hole and The Lost Weekend.
Both tonight’s films have two things in common – they are directed by Billy Wilder and star Jack Lemmon. In The Apartment, Lemmon is an office underling who promises to help his boss in the hope it will further his accent up the corporate ladder. But he ends up falling in love with his boss’s squeeze, the delightful Shirley MacLaine. In Some Like It Hot, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis disguise themselves as women to avoid gangsters, meeting the sassy Marilyn Monroe who Curtis falls in love with. He just has to remember she thinks he’s a woman. Both these romantic comedies delight in equal measure and neither will ever get old.
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