Some Like It Old-Fashioned

I won’t go as far as saying “you can’t watch Some Like It Hot anymore”, but I think you can say, with fairness, that it doesn’t make easy viewing.

I’m sure that back then it was had the shock factor of Behind the Candelabra. Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis dressed up as women?! Wow that’s funny. Yeah, well. Look, half our parents probably still think it’s a “great film”.

But it’s the treatment of Marilyn – the hubba hubba scenes – the ooh ooh, be ju stuff that she has to spout – the “Gee I’m so stupid” lines she gets – the shots of her coming down off a bunk bed, ass first. I just can’t watch it. I had to stop it before the first hour was through. You know it was the same with The Prince and the Showgirl.

Someone told me that in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she has the upper hand, and it’s the men who are made out to be fools, so maybe I’ll take a look at that. At least that would be more bearable.


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