One of the Top 10 Best Comedies of all time, and surprisingly at a time when cinema was in decline.
, 13 Dec 2011
The magic 5 stars, for one of the best comedies ever made.
I would crawl on my hands and knees to watch any MM film but she stars in no other 5 Star film. This film shows her as the great screen comedienne that she was......and the fantastic power that she had in front of a camera. How did the scene of her singing ' I Wanna Be Loved By You' get past the censor of that era ? Wow.....
Curtis and Lemmon play their parts to perfection, though this is Marilyn's film. Billy Wilder shows all others how to direct a comedy film as it should be.
I read it a lot on these reviews but ' oh, why can't they make films like this anymore' ???? I use the same cliche myself sometimes, and this is one of those times.I usually find that I am referring to a 30s/40s film so it surprises me when I find myself using the cliche about a much later film. I wish there were more great surprises like this one.
When I watch a true classic like this ( or Casablanca or Gone With The Wind or It Happened One Night etc ), I cannot believe the tripe that is served up for today's audiences. Yes, there a great films made in every decade....
but they get rarer and rarer as the decades pass. Indeed, this film only just made it into the tail-end of an era when it could be made: The Golden Age usually means the 30s and 40s but this 1959 movie shows that the screen could be lit up even at that 'late' date. So why not in 2009 ??????
For those who have not seen this film, please watch it.....you are in for a complete escape from today's mediocrity : a journey to when the era of 'greats' was coming to an end....but this film is a true 'great' in any era.
Wonderful. The candle burned out long before the magic ever did...................
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