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The new generation of young people like it hot again

At a time when the cinema and television are inundated more than ever by a flood of films from the latest blockbusters, it seems that the so-called "classics" are celebrating a veritable revival. Watching old films like "Some like it hot" is becoming a trend and older semesters look forward to being able to have a say again. But what is this new fascination? Villains, adventure, cunning, wit and a good deal of luck, all wrapped up in a much too exaggerated plot, seem more authentic to us than any special effect, no matter how elaborately implemented, and they leave us dull of the old days umen in which life, apparently, was still exciting and a new exciting opportunity awaited at every corner. And doesn't it sound appealing to lead a life like the musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) from "Some Like It Hot" in Chicago in the late 1920s?

When the two wages witness how the gang around "Toothpick Charlie" is shot dead by "Legaschen-Colombo" and his gang for treason by the police, an adventurous game of hide-and-seek begins. The two friends now go into hiding, disguised as women, in a touring, all-female band and assume the identity of Daphne and Josephine. They quickly develop an interest in the adorable, if somewhat naive Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), who dreams of a secure life with a millionaire. A farce is inevitable when "Legaschen-Colombo" and his troops check in at the same hotel.

The misogynistic remarks and exaggerated elements are ultimately reconciled by the original character of "Some like it hot", a feature that many newer films lack. Escapades, glamor and human weaknesses packed in puns and comic situations show us a believable illusion of the way of life at that time, in which there is also violence and death, which are hardly shown to the viewer, however, because they are in general conditions Not secondary and just a banal addition to the whole thing. The present seems terribly sterile by comparison. In addition to our well-planned and structured everyday life, is there any space for adventure and fire trials?

It is precisely the spontaneity and the unpredictable that seem to make up the enthusiasm for the film. In an affluent society, vagabondness is viewed with suspicion and so the longing for ventures remains unfulfilled for our society. It is not for nothing that we admire in abundance people who travel the world and seek their happiness in the distance. Entire television formats are even dedicated to them. Unusual fashion styles and musical tastes, fast-paced careers and wealth no longer count. Recklessness is the key. "Some like it hot" and its immortal popularity have proven it for five decades. The film appears like a modern fairy tale in which two unlucky birds, who initially have to fight for their survival, finally find happiness.

It is just as astonishing that even nowadays the problem of gender roles in film does not bother us with regard to the thematic joie de vivre, which always prevails in spite of the often seemingly hopeless situations. The more worried the times, the more people enjoy their lives, it seems.

But who can be bothered by the sexism of the film when Marilyn Monroe sings "I wanna be loved by you" so wonderfully believable and lets us dream on?

Saskia Singhuber / Rating: * * * * (4 of 5)


Some like it hot
(Some like it hot)
USA 1959

Director: Billy Wilder; Script: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond based on the story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan; Production: Billy Wilder; Camera: Charles Lang Jr .; Music: Adolph Deutsch;
Actor: Marilyn Monroe (Sugar Kane Kowalczyk), Tony Curtis (Joe / 'Josephine' / 'Junior'), Jack Lemmon (Jerry / 'Daphne'), George Raft (Legaschen-Colombo), Pat O'Brien (Det.Mulligan), Joe E. Brown (Osgood Fielding III) et al

Length: 120 minutes; FSK: from 16 years; BRD theatrical release: 17th September 1959

 

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