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Some Like it Hot 
12th-Jan-2010 03:47 pm
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THIRTY DAYS OF MEME - Day 2: Your Favourite Movie.

Once again, it's kind of hard to pin me down to a single favourite, but there is one I will consistently answer with if pinned down.

There's something about classic comedies that gives me a warm feeling, like a hug in movie form. I'm not going to fall into the trap of throwing words around 'innocence' - but they sure don't make them like they used to. Maybe we're just more willing to forgive an old movie its flaws, idk. Anyway, this movie combines some of my favourite things: organised crime in the 1920s; music; and both hilarious one-liners and great visual humour, in a way that I can't get enough of.



Id' say you don't need a framing plot, but the beauty of the films comedy is that it does meld the situational comedy from the plot with the visual gags and one-liners so well.



And there's something in the way Gerry fights Daphne (and the fact that he clearly loves the persona) so valiantly - in contrast to the way Joe never really has any problems with Josephine.

And the visual humour. Did I mention the visual humour?


The boys carry the comedy, but Marilyn sure had screen presence, didn't she? I just love watching her.



And let's not forget the single best closing line in the history of cinema.




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I'd like it on record that before I started writing about how much I love this film, I had to do a lot of soul searching to find out whether enjoying drag makes me a bad ally to trans people. My conclusion was - bollocks does it, and I'm not going to pollute this with cis liberal whining. Though I'm willing to be wrong.
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12th-Jan-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
It's a classic, to be sure. It's one of El's all-time faves! :)

And surely the final "nobody's perfect" line was an early onscreen acceptance that there's nothing wrong with homosexual relationships? Or am I reading too much into it?
12th-Jan-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I love this movie! It is one of my top comfort films.
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12th-Jan-2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
I love that movie! The first time I saw it was in English class - after the AP exam (a few weeks before the end of our term) the teacher turned it into a film studies class and we watched a bunch of classic movies. Some I didn't like (On the Waterfront...) but I loved this one and since then I've seen it a bunch of times.
13th-Jan-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I think there's a big difference between people being trans and people enjoying drag. Sometimes they overlap, and you might argue that Joe has some trans issues to work out later on if he's serious about marrying Osgoode, but I definitely don't think that enjoying drag makes you a bad ally to trans people.

And that is a great movie. I only watched it for the first time fairly recently, but it was such a delight. XD
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15th-Jan-2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'm trying not to sound like someone with heteronormative cis-sexual privilege, and probably failing, but...

I think that's where much of the humour involved in watching men in drag comes from- taking a character out of their comfort zone and watching them trying (and usually failing) to fit in. When its done well (eg Some Like It Hot)it shouldn't be offensive. Done badly (I'll say "Big Momma's House" here, but I could be wrong as I've not seen any of it and really don't want to) its just horrific.
20th-Jan-2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
word to the best line in cinema.
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