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Some Like It Hot (1959)

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This information is for the Laserdisc release, not a DVD release.

NOTE: Only the Criterion Collection laserdisc of "Some Like it Hot" has this commentary. A different commentary is on the July 2006 Collector's Edition DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Film historian Howard Suber Rating:8.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on May 14th, 2006:Find all reviews by Glenn Hopp
This is a good commentary by a film scholar who has taught the movie and who contributed commentaries to a number of Criterion laserdiscs (High Noon, The Graduate). Suber chats with Jack Lemmon off an on throughout the commentary, though that aspect isn't as illuminating as it might be (he tackily asks him during the upper-berth train scene between Lemmon and Marilyn: "Was it good for you?"--it's a cringeworthy moment, as Lemmon's very nervous laugh illustrates).

Suber however is very good on the film as a comedy and very good at working subtly into his commentary various points about comedy as a form and view of life. At one point he quotes Walt Disney ("Now, here we need to bring on the Big Bad Witch") when Wilder starts uses a sinister shot of shadows on the floor of the mobsters showing up in Florida to pursue Jerry and Joe. You return to your blocking force/villain at the start of Act Three, in other words. Suber's good at comic theory and application, and it would be good if some DVD could revive his commentary for that format, even though he doesn't much dwell on the visual elements of the movie.

This commentary probably dates from the early 1990s, and Suber says once in passing that "we couldn't get Billy Wilder for our commentary."