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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

retro trailer: ‘Some Like It Hot’

Tony Curtis: just one of the many famous names we lost this week. A handsome man. But an ugly woman.

Maybe the most striking thing about this movie is that it really shows off what screen charisma Marilyn Monroe had: if you’re only familiar with her as a caricature of a blond bombshell in the still pictures that seem to typically represent her today, it can be a shock to suddenly understand that there was a palpable presence to her on film.

And I’m not referring to “her bosom companions,” either. This trailer doesn’t actually suggest that Monroe’s breasts have a starring role in this film, does it? (Lordy, yes, it does.)

Some Like It Hot is available on DVD in Region 1 from Amazon.com and from Amazon.ca, and in Region 2 from Amazon U.K.

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