This year, El Paseo Arts Foundation’s Annual Film Festival will feature classic films. Many are award-winning; all are landmark films in the history of cinema or major film star careers. The series is titled: “Timeless Tuesdays”. The five films are some of the best loved and most popular films ever made. Classic film fans will enjoy seeing them once again on the big screen as they were originally intended to be viewed.
February 21st, comedy is in the spotlight again, with Billy Wilder’s 1959 film, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Voted the top comedy film by the American Film Institute on their list of AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs poll in 2000, the film received widespread critical acclaim and six Academy Award nominations. The final line of the film, “Well, nobody’s perfect,” is one of the greatest and most memorable last lines of all times. The film’s plot is based on the story of two broke, out-of-work male musicians who witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and are forced to flee Chicago. They take a job in an all-female band that is heading to Florida and disguise themselves as women. Of course farcical complications ensue as romances of various types develop and the mob chasing them comes to a mobsters’ convention at the hotel where they are playing. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote that, “Wilder’s 1959 comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft.” In 1989, this film became one of the first 25 films inducted into the U.S. National Film Registry.