Alameda Theater and Cineplex
Tonight's trivia centered around Billy Wilder's broadway adaptations (including Sunset Blvd. and The Apartment). Up until tonight I thought Billy Wilder and William Wyler were the same person.
The Misfits (1961)
Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift star in some drama in the Nevada desert. It seems like the quiet sort of drama, like No Country for Old Men if we just focused on Barry Corbin's character. But the editing, music, and a shout out to director John Huston and writer Arthur Miller makes it seem like its the tensest film we'll ever see. Notable as the last or nearly the last role for all three leads. Cuts unknown.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
I, apparently, do not. Set in prohibition-era Chicago, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are musicians who witness a mobster rub out a few rats, and so they take flight, lest the mobster do away with them as well. Curtis's perpetual gambling keeps the two low on funds, so to escape town they dress in drag and join an all-ladies band on their way to Miami to play at a resort for seniors. The script practically writes itself.
Curtis's role falls flat for me, with his few enjoyable moments coming from donning yet another disguise, as a disinterested, rich oil tycoon. As a woman, he leverages his relationship with Marilyn Monroe to trick her into seducing him as a man. Jack Lemmon, who always gets "the fuzzy end of the lollipop", is sniveling, nervous, and has a strange, open-mouthed, silent laugh just begging for three beats of a drum. His most enjoyable scene is the film's closing, when he attempts to reject the advances from an elderly suitor. This is the first movie I've seen with Marilyn Monroe, and was quite surprised to discover that hers was the only character I enjoyed watching. She plays an airhead, but from a different era, unlike any airhead I'd seen.
After hearing so much about this movie, I was disappointed.