director Billy Wilder
viewed: 12/29/2013 at the Castro Theatre, SF, CA
I finally got to take the kids to see the marvelous Some Like It Hot, and at the Castro, no less. I last saw it at the Castro three years ago and had contemplated taking them to see it with me then. Ever since, it’s been on the periphery of our film queue. But I’m glad that we got to see it on the big screen, the last of a series of Sundays at the Castro that started with To Catch a Thief (1955) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
They didn’t have a lot to go on about the film. I told them it was about two musicians who witness a mob hit in Chicago and join an all-girl band, dressing as women, to escape the gangsters. I also told them that it was one of my favorite movies, considered by many to be one of the best comedies of all time, and that I’d been into it from a time when I was younger than they are now.
Still, I wasn’t entirely sure how they would like it.
But they loved it.
It was the biggest hit of the three classics that we screened in those three weeks and it made it to both of their “best of” lists for the year (something I’ve only just queried them on for the first time.
What can I say? It, like so many things, was even more fun for me to watch with them in tow, laughing and smiling at each other over the silly, madcap fun.
And I kind of fall for Marilyn every time I see it.