Tony Curtis as Joe/Josephine
Jack Lemmon as Jerry/Daphne
Directed and Produced by Billy Wilder
Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Running Time: 120 min.
There’s a scene at the very end of Some Like It Hot that made it entirely worth watching. It’s a funny movie, and also a funny sort of movie. Viewed one way (with the mindset of what could and could not be overtly portrayed on the 1950s’ silver screen), it’s your standard drag comedy that pokes gentle fun at heterosexuality and the gender binary, with a humour that arises from the immutability of them both. Squint over your shoulder, however, and it has some interesting things to wink and nudge at about the performative nature of gender.
They say that clothes make the man, but in 1929, and 1959, and even 2012, putting on a dress is an identity-changer for a man…
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