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Some Like It Hot, Essential Revision Notes

Some Like it Hot (Film)

dir. Billy Wilder

Leaving Certificate English

Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Film, Director Background 4

Billy Wilder 4

Summary 5

Cast 6

Jerry/Daphne (Jack Lemmon) 6

Joe/Josephine/Junior (Tony Curtis) 6

Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) 6

Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown) 7

Spats Colombo (George Raft) 7

Detective Mulligan (Pat O'Brien) 7

Sweet Sue (Joan Shawlee) 7

Bienstock (Dave Barry) 7

Little Bonaparte (Nehemiah Persoff) 7

Themes 8

Empathy 8

Understanding one’s self 8

Crime 8

Socioeconomic class and wealth 9

Marriage 9

Acting and performing 9

Anguish and heartbreak 10

Important Quotations Explained 11

Genre and Structural Analysis 13

Some Like it Hot as a ‘comedy of redemption’ 13

Challenging society’s assumptions of gender and sexuality 13

The comedy of "Junior" and Sugar's yacht date on the yacht 14

Bypassing mundane reality to maximise comic effect 14

Dramatic irony in the film 14

Film, Director Background

Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring the Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe, as well as Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, Some Like It Hot is a 1959 comedy film. Because it is based on French movie Fanfares of Love, its plot is almost identical. Like Some Like it Hot, Fanfares tells the tale of musicians dressing in drag to conceal and protect themselves from mobsters whom they witnessed committing murder.

Some Like it Hot was produced in black and white despite colour film's increasing popularity (partially because the male stars' make-up and female disguises appeared more realistic in black and white). The production studio also hired a famous female impersonator named Barbette to coach Curtis and Lemmon on gender illusion for the film. The film was shot in California in the summer of 1958 and used the Hotel De Coronado in San Diego as a stand-in for the Seminole Ritz in Miami.

Throughout production, owing to increasing personal difficulties, Marilyn Monroe struggle...

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