Synopses & Reviews
The complete guide to Billy Wilder's masterpiece!! Find out everything you could ever want to know (and more) about the movie voted best comedy of the century by the American Film Institute. A daring tale of cross-dressing from a time when the subject was all but taboo, Some Like it Hot
(1959) tells the story of two jazz musicians who are forced to go undercover in an all-girls' band to escape from the mob. With an ingenious screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder, and flawless performances by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and the famously difficult Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot
is the embodiment of comic perfection.
Interviews with Billy Wilder, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon,
Complete facsimile of the screenplay with film stills from every scene
Excerpts from the script's first draft
Original promotional materials from all around the world
Annotated/illustrated Billy Wilder filmography
"This large format, suede-covered tribute replete with new interviews with all the major stars (including Jack Lemmon), behind-the-scenes dish, working drafts of the screenplay, and hundreds of photos, film stills, and other illustrations will dazzle fans of 1950s and '60s Hollywood. Inset into the back cover is an added gem: a facsimile of Monroe's copy of the script, bound like the original and including handwritten notes (when her character, Sugar, is supposed to be startled, Monroe wrote 'freeze like a bunny' as a stage direction). Collectors will rejoice." Publishers Weekly
To celebrate Billy Wilders 95th birthday, Taschen has created a splendid homage to Some Like it Hot, the movie voted Best Comedy of the Century by the American Film Institute. A daring tale of cross-dressing made at a time when the subject was all but taboo, Some Like it Hot (1959) tells the story of two Prohibition-era jazz musicians who are forced to go undercover in an all-girl band to escape from the mob. Absolutely scandalous in its day, Some Like it Hot paved the way, but has never been eclipsed by contemporary comedies like Tootsie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Victor/Victoria, and La Cage aux Folles.
The complete guide to Billy Wilder's masterpiece. Includes recent interviews with Billy Wilder, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and others exclusively for the book. Complete facsimile of the screenplay with film stills from every scene. A pullout facsimile of Marilyn Monroe's personal promptbook which recently sold at auction for $60,000. LIMITED EDITION, ONLY 2000 IN UK.
About the Author
Alison Castle studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Columbia University and went on to receive her graduate degree in photography and film from the New York University/International Center of Photography masters program. She is currently based in Paris and works as an artist and writer.
Dan Auiler is the author of Hitchcock's Notebooks and Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic. His books on Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and Goodfellas (Putnam/Bloomsbury) will be published in 2002. He lives in Long Beach, California.