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
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