Classic Film Series- He’s a Lady: A Brief History of Drag in Film- Some Like It Hot (1959)
Fresh City Life explores the role of male drag and crossdressing in films. Much like classic cabaret drag queens, these films represent one thing on the surface and, for those willing to look for it, reveal so much more through subtext and innuendo. Underneath the makeup and the theatrical dressing and the sharp-tongued rejoinders, there is humanity and understanding and compassion. But there are also laughs. There must always be laughs.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe. “Wilder's comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft, a movie that's about nothing but sex and yet pretends it's about crime and greed. It is underwired with Wilder's cheerful cynicism, so that no time is lost to soppiness and everyone behaves according to basic Darwinian drives. When sincere emotion strikes these characters, it blindsides them: Curtis thinks he wants only sex, Monroe thinks she wants only money, and they are as astonished as delighted to find they want only each other.” – Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com. 120 minutes. Not rated.
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