Tuesday, July 21, 2009
13. Some like it Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
The first Billy Wilder film I ever saw, this comedy treat was on the telly on Christmas day, 2003. I watched it, loved it, and have happily been having an affair with classic cinema ever since. Telling the story of two men on the run from the mob who disguise themselves as women on a travelling music tour, Some Like it Hot has it all: belly laughs, Tony Curtis in drag, ridiculously witty one-liners and Marilyn Monroe at her most voluptuous. Funny, cynical, with a great musical interlude and the ending line of all ending lines, Some Like it Hot has everything you want in a good film - and more.
Last night's episode of "The Street" starred Anna Friel as Dee, a struggling single mother who works as a prostitute at the weekends for a bit of extra money. When she meets Mark, a cute, eager plumber who is also a single parent, a tentative romance blossoms. However, in a cruel twist of fate, in meeting his parents, his dad turns out to be one of her customers. Friel and Daniel Mays, as the hapless boyfriend, are amazing, their raw emotion is really out on show, and the little details - Friel wanting her sons to get into grammar school - are what give the show its realistic touch. Grippping, hard to watch at times, and utterly gut-wrenching.