Film: Some Like It Hot (1959)
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Dir: Billy Wilder
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
Running time: 116 mins Cert: 12

Set in 1929, this cinema classic sees Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play musicians Gerry and Joe, witnesses to a Chicago mob murder (inspired by the St Valentine’s Day Massacre), who flee to Miami Beach Florida with an all-girl jazz band disguised as Daphne and Josephine.

They meet Sugar (Marilyn Monroe) a down-on-her-luck ukulele player with her heart set on marrying a millionaire. Wilder prioritised story and script over cinematic flourishes, and the simplicity of his direction lets you wallow in a whip-smart script and performances that are impossible to find fault with.

Introduced by Simon Ible, Director of Music, Peninsula Arts.

Date: Monday 22 May
Time: 19:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema
Ticket information: £6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA


Part of the 2017 Words and Music Festival including: 

Talk: Dr Jody Patterson - Rhapsodies in Paint: Modern Art and The Jazz Age
Talk: Chris Robinson - Plymouth in the Roaring Twenties
Music: Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel - Noel Coward and His Legacy
Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta: The Roaring Twenties Gala Concert
Music: The Roaring Twenties Tea Dance

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Visions Season - New and Mindful Visions

In ‘Mindful Visions’ the music programme has looked at the human psychology, connecting the sense of self to visions. The 1920s programme explores the Roaring Twenties when an new vision of post-war positivity was coming to the fore. This was eagerly demonstrated with new ideas in dance, music and songs – jazz music became the rage with its catchy rhythms and slick, sophisticated song lyrics.


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