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New Year, New Cinema: Some Like It Hot in 35mm This Wednesday at the Portage Theater

The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Portage, please click here.

Wednesday, January 2 @ 7:30pm
Directed by Billy Wilder • 1959
Some Like It Hot begins with a fake funeral and concludes with preparations for a sham wedding, and in between no social convention escapes open ridicule. Part gangster drama, part bosomy musical, but thoroughly a sex farce driven by very serious ideas about conformity and freedom, Some Like It Hot remains beloved the world over. After Chicago speakeasy saxophonist Tony Curtis and bass player Jack Lemmon accidentally witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the duo are left with a choice: abscond to Urbana for a college dance, or catch the train to Florida with Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopators. The only hitch: Sweet Sue’s is an all-girl outfit. So far so good, but how does a man masquerading as a woman seduce hard-drinking ukulele goddess Marilyn Monroe? Suffused with Wilder’s blunt émigré’s suspicion of genteel institutions (what other film would out the Friends of Italian Opera as a mob front?), Some Like It Hot shares with its radical cousin Glen or Glenda a pervasive and deeply affecting sense that gender is a scam. The fact that Curtis and Lemmon’s half-assed, haggish drag act proves sexually irresistible to half the state of Florida is one of this comedy’s more corrosive aspects. (KW)
122 min • United Artists • 35mm from Park Circus
Cartoon: Bugs Bunny in “The Big Snooze” (Robert Clampett, 1946) – 16mm – 7 min

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