Sugar Kane, as played by Marilyn in Some Like it Hot, ranks 10th in Total Film‘s list of the 100 Greatest Female Characters. (Ellen Ripley of Alien is the overall winner.)
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The Character: How to torment two guys in drag who need to keep their cover intact? A girl so sweet you can’t help liking her … and sexy as hell singing ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ in a diaphanous gown. Some Like It Hot, indeed.
The Actress: Billy Wilder had suffered agonies while filming The Seven Year Itch trying to get Marilyn Monroe to remember her lines. But he still knew the effort of hiring Hollywood’s biggest star was worth it.
The Performance: Monroe famously studied Method acting during the late 1950s, something that made her the butt of cruel Hollywood jokes. But she mined her troubled personal life to add a tangible air of sadness to counterpoint her exquisite comic timing.”
Nicolas Roeg’s Insignificance, featuring an MM-inspired heroine, will be released by Criterion on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 14.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:
- Newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
- New video interviews with Roeg, Thomas, and editor Tony Lawson
- Making “Insignificance,” a short documentary shot on the set of the film
- Original theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and screenwriter Terry Johnson
Also, Some Like it Hot will be released on Blu-Ray by Fox on May 10. According to Hi-TechDigest, ‘There’s no word on tech specs or extras as of yet…apparently will be a digibook treatment…suggested list price $34.99.’
Some Like it Hot will be screening at schools across the UK on Red Nose Day (Friday March 18), as part a Classic Comedy selection from Filmclub.
There will be an outdoor screening of Some Like it Hot at the historic Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas, on March 18. The movie will commence at 8pm on the hotel’s front lawn. Adults’ and childrens’ meals will also be served.
A screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes heads a month-long ‘Essential Marilyn Monroe Film Series’ at Middletown Library, NJ. on Monday, February 28, at 7pm. Admission free.
Here’s the full schedule:
Monday, February 28th, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953)
Monday, March 7th, “The Seven Year Itch” (1955)
Monday, March 14th, “Bus Stop” (1956)
Monday, March 21st, “The Prince and the Showgirl” (1957)
Monday, March 28th, “Some Like It Hot” (1959)
Film critic Peter Bradshaw, of The Guardian, thinks Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business (1952), featuring Marilyn as inept secretary Miss Laurel, is an ‘ace ape jape’:
“It is part romp, part druggie-surrealist masterpiece, and a complete joy. ‘Monkey Business’ is undervalued by some, on account of its alleged inferiority to the master’s 30s pictures, and the accident of sharing a title with a film by the Marx Brothers. I can only say that this film whizzes joyfully along with touches of pure genius: at once sublimely innocent and entirely worldly…Dr Fulton drinks [a youth drug]; his short sight is cured and he instantly gets a new youthful haircut, jacket, and snazzy roadster, in which he takes smitten secretary Lois (Marilyn Monroe) for a day’s adventures. (The memory of Grant with his Coke-bottle glasses exchanging dialogue with the entranced Marilyn was revived eight years later by Tony Curtis in ‘Some Like It Hot.’)”
Full review at The Guardian
Monkey Business screens tomorrow at 6pm, NFT2, in London’s BFI Southbank, as part of the ongoing Howard Hawks season. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes follows at 8.30 pm. Marilyn’s two collaborations with Hawks will also feature in a Hawks season at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse Cinema next month.
Some Like it Hot is showing tonight at Chappaqua Library, Westschester, NY, at 7pm, opening their ‘Menus in the Movies: Comfort Food, Comfort Films’ season. The comedy classic (also the subject of a 1996 cookbook) will be introduced by Carol Durst.
Some Like it Hot is screening at the Loring Theater, Minneapolis, on Sunday, February 13, at 2pm.
Some Like It Hot will be screened at the Peppard Revels Film Club at the War Memorial Hall on Friday, February 11, at 7.15 pm.
Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You) is a new French movie from writer-director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu. Not only is its title inspired by a line from Marilyn’s ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ from Some Like It Hot, but the film is about a novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) investigating the mysterious death of a small-town celebrity (Sophie Quinton) who believed she was the reincarnation of Monroe. The story is narrated by the dead woman and includes flashbacks to her past.
The Hollywood Reporter comments, ‘As a Monroe wannabe, Quinton is seductive and enigmatic, though a far cry from the original. But who wouldn’t be?’ Meanwhile, Kitty Packard Pictorial adds, ‘I hope that Mathieu’s film is the invigorating blend of classic Hollywood storytelling and edgy film making that it very much seems it could be.’
Reviewed at Screen Daily