My rating: 8
IMDB rating: 8.4
(This post is in honor of my dear friend who loves classic cinema so much, she cannot help but make me love it as well)
I just want to start by mentioning how nice it is to see comedy, as I believe, it was intended; witty, intelligent, inter-textual and laugh-out-loud entertaining. None of the one-liners felt forced or needed explaining- it is just pure comedy and I loved it!
(Jack Lemmon’s character Jerry/Daphne explaining that he/she is going to marry Osgood Fielding III, may just be one of the funniest scenes in cinema- ever!)
I have to admit that this is the first Marilyn Monroe movie I’ve watched and I can definitely see why she is so loved. Beside the fact that she is so beautiful, she is this very, sweet and darling person that you just fall in love with. Especially with the character of Sugar Kane, that naivety and innocence is so beautifully portrayed that you just literally want to eat her up!
There are so many little things to love about this film and that is why Billy Wilder’s films, in general, is such a treat! You love the comedy and the romance and the handsome actors and the beautiful cinematography- it just all fit together perfectly!
It is worth mentioning that modern film theorists have done a lot of work on the three-point lighting system of classic Hollywood cinema and the way that it is designed to emphasize white women’s beauty. Monroe, that is often described as the epitome of whiteness, because of her iconic status and white hair that makes her ‘extra’ white, benefits from this especially.
The first evening that they perform in Florida, Monroe wears a lightly colored dress, almost see-through and there it is clear that extreme emphasis is placed on her beauty as a white woman. The top-lighting, emphasizes her white hair, the fill light softens her features, while the back light contrasts her whiteness to the darkness of the background, perfectly- I include a photo of this:
If you haven’t watch this film, it truly is worth making some time to see it. Not just because of Monroe or the handsome Tony Curtis, but because it is one of the greatest comedies ever made and is so enjoyable too!
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