Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Some like It Hot!

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Some like It Hot!

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Named the number 1 comedy of all time by the American Film Institute, the classic travel film Some Like It Hot is one of the most risque films Hollywood has ever produced, even by today's standards. But Marilyn's see-through outfits, the bed-hopping sexual shenanigans, the casual cross-dressing, and openly gay plot lines didn't keep the movie from becoming one of the biggest hits of its era. Director Billy Wilder deliberately set Some Like It Hot in the 1920s because, as cowriter I.A.L. Diamond put it, "When all the costumes look peculiar to us, a guy in drag looks no more peculiar than anybody else." The film was shot in black and white because Wilder thought that male actors in full female makeup would look too ridiculous in color.

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FILM FACT

Marilyn Monroe, accompanied to the Del by her husband, esteemed playwright Arthur Miller, was trademark late to every day of shooting but enjoyed acting in front of the public throngs who came to watch the filming.

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HOTEL FACTS

Most of the exteriors in Some Like It Hot were filmed in September 1958 at the Hotel del Coronado, one of the grandest lodgings in America, located on Coronado Island just oft San Diego. …

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