Tony Curtis, who starred in Some Like it Hot (1959), has died aged 85.
There could hardly be a more perfect setting for a Marilyn Monroe movie season than the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. The screenings accompany the Marilyn: Life as a Legend exhibit, which runs from October 23 through to January 2.
Nice to see two of Monroe’s lesser-known films on schedule: Don’t Bother to Knock (a 1952 thriller containing one of Monroe’s most impressive dramatic performances) and River of No Return, a visually arresting Cinemascope western from 1954, with some great musical numbers from Marilyn (though a bit light on realism!)
November 12, 2010
Don’t Bother to Knock(1952) 76 min. Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Niagara (1953) 92 min. Directed by Henry Hathaway
November 19, 2010
River of No Return(1954) 91 min. Directed by Otto Preminger
December 3, 2010
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953) 91 min. Directed by Howard Hawks
How to Marry a Millionaire(1953) 95 min. Directed by Dir. Jean Negulesco
December 10, 2010
Some Like It Hot(1959) 120 min. Directed by Billy Wilder
Pittsburgh author and journalist Barry Paris will introduce the film.
December 17, 2010
The Misfits(1961) 124 min. Directed by John Huston
“Now this is actually a lot easier than it may seem. If your hair is already of the correct length, all you need is a good set of medium barrel hot rollers!
I recommend using hot rollers of about a 1 inch diameter. When you’re putting them in, be sure to hold them up and out from your head when you start rolling, so that they go all the way down to the base of your hair and don’t just hang there.
Make sure not to use too big of sections or the heat won’t adequately penetrate all of the hair. You also want to be sure to roll them in the direction you want the curl to go.
For instance, in the pic above the curl goes toward her forehead and under, so you want to roll the hot roller toward your forehead and under when putting it in.”
Marilyn Monroe (1926-62) is the most famous Hollywood blonde, and she stars in several of the Blonde Bombshells movies playing the Castro Theatre from Aug. 27-Sept. 5.
Friday August 27 – MM Double Bill
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 3pm and 7pm
The Seven Year Itch 4:50 pm and 8:50pm
Saturday August 28 – MM Double Bill
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 3:20pm and 7pm
How to Marry a Millionaire 1:30pm, 5:10pm and 9pm
Sunday August 29
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 3pm and 6:45pm
Monday August 30
Bus Stop 3:20pm and 7pm
Friday September 3
Some Like it Hot 2:45pm and 7pm
Sunday September 5
The Misfits 2:30pm and 6:45pm
The ‘Blonde Bombshells’ season also includes films starring one of Marilyn’s favourite actresses, Jean Harlow, as well as Carole Lombard, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner and Jayne Mansfield.
Full listings here
This fascinating article by Thomas Larson, about Marilyn’s quintessential role as Sugar Kane in Some Like it Hot, was first published in the San Diego Reader in 2003. Here’s a short extract:
‘Graham McCann writes in his 1988 Marilyn Monroe, “The film is so significant for Monroe watchers, for it is the quintessential fiction on Monroe.” The movie invites the audience who has followed her “personal highs and lows for several years” “to tease out the biographical references in Monroe’s character.” This, McCann says, is what gets her fans into the theater. For the film-makers of the 1950s, the question was always—how can the thrice-married Monroe be reflected to an audience who desperately wants her to find the right man? Answer: have art imitate life. Thus, a shy, bespectacled, unmanly Junior (Arthur Miller) meets a generous, ditzy, confessional Sugar Kane (Marilyn), and their unlikely, mixed-up, marriage-minded romance is the story. One the public knows already.
But there’s a price to pay for this too-complete identification. Since no actor can maintain her screen persona—despite the desires of audience and studio—the star like an animal ensnared in a steel trap begins to chew her foot off in order to get free. This is, essentially, the tragedy depicted in Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. In fact, Monroe’s troubles during Some Like It Hot trace a similar emotional arc to those of Norma Desmond (played to pugnacious perfection by Gloria Swanson) in Wilder’s great 1950 movie. There, the deluded silent-film star tries to parlay her old glory in a thankless Hollywood and fails utterly. Playing the 24-year-old Sugar Kane, the 32-year-old Marilyn becomes as self-destructive in her life as Swanson’s Norma was in her role.’
“This is Monroe in one of her steamiest performances alongside two of the most talented actors of their generation. Ranked the funniest American movie of all time by the American Film Institute, and it’s true!”
Sunday, August 22 at 7pm and Tuesday, August 24 at 9:30pm at the newly reopened Cornell Cinema
Riverdale Park is getting hot on Sunday.
Movies in the Park present a free screening of ‘Some Like It Hot’ starring Marilyn Monroe on Sunday, Aug. 22.
The movie screens in Riverdale Park East at 8:45 p.m.
People are encouraged to come out with a picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the event with their friends, families and neighbours.
Each movie night supports a local charity; Sunday’s movie supports the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs in Regent Park.
Riverdale Park East is located at 550 Broadview Ave., south of Danforth Avenue.
Screening tonight at The Gateway, First and Lincoln streets, as part of the annual heritage weekend in Port Angeles, Washington State. Following a female impersonator contest and Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest, both to start at 8:30 p.m. Snacks will be available; moviegoers should bring chairs.