Tag: Jack Lemmon

  • Honoring Molly Haskell: A Review of “The Out-of-Towners”

    This week, the New York Film Critics Circle gave a special award to Molly Haskell, one of America’s foremost film scholars and a pioneering feminist critic. Haskell, author of the essential study From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies and other books (including a recent one on Steven Spielberg), wrote for the Village Voice throughout the 1970s […]

  • Some Like It Hot

    Dir. Billy Wilder (1959). Two jazz musicians—Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon—witness a gangster massacre, escaping Chicago disguised as members of an all-female band whose featured performer is Marilyn Monroe (never sweeter). A corpse-littered farce riffing on homosexuality, cross-dressing, impotence, and masochism, Wilder’s greatest comedy was so popular one TV network considered it as the basis for […]

  • Some Like It Hot

    Dir. Billy Wilder (1959). Two jazz musicians—Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon—witness a gangster massacre, escaping Chicago disguised as members of an all-female band whose featured performer is Marilyn Monroe (never sweeter—although her onset antics caused Curtis to complain that kissing her was like “kissing Hitler”). A corpse-littered farce riffing on homosexuality, cross-dressing, impotence, and masochism, […]

  • BRUNCH & BOMBSHELLS

    There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned movie about transvestites, especially when Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are the fellas who are suiting up. In Billy Wilder’s 1959 film Some Like It Hot, Curtis and Lemmon play witnesses to a mob crime that sends them fleeing undercover. They take up with an all-female band and, of […]

  • The Life of Reilly

    The late Charles Nelson Reilly directed five Broadway plays, won a Tony for acting, was nominated for three Emmys, and knew full well that his legacy would be as a flamboyant double-entendre machine on ’70s game shows. Shot before he died in May at the age of 76, this warm and hilarious adaptation of Reilly’s […]

  • Forgotten Gems Sparkle in Definitive Wilder Retro

    No one wrote and directed a more impressive roster of hits than Billy Wilder. His enduring achievement includes Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, and Some Like It Hot. And with time, it’s been evident that Wilder’s “flops” are of greater interest than a number of other directors’ successes—Ace in the Hole and Kiss Me, Stupid, big-time […]

  • Working Weak

    Along with Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Billy Wilder’s 1960 Oscar-sweeper The Apartment elevates the workplace romance into a sublime erotics of officious addresses (the omnipresent Mister and Miss) and economic conundrum. In The Apartment, which gets a new-print premiere at Film Forum, actuary C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) sleeps his way up […]

  • Chills and Spills

    Inspired amateurism and shoestring ingenuity may not be to every taste, but anyone who thinks The Blair Witch Project has been oversold should take a gander at this summer’s big Hollywood psychological-horror flick. The Haunting, DreamWorks’s high-powered version of the Shirley Jackson ghost story that was first filmed back in 1963, means to be something […]