"This book is a joy and almost as good as seeing the film." - The Independent, London
The complete guide to Billy Wilder’s masterpiece—made in collaboration with the great man himself and published just before his death. Find out everything you could ever want to know (and more) about the movie voted best comedy of the century by the American Film Institute. A daring tale of cross-dressing from a time when the subject was all but taboo, Some Like it Hot (1959) tells the story of two jazz musicians who are forced to go undercover in an all-girls’ band to escape from the mob. With an ingenious screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder, and flawless performances by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and the famously difficult Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot is the embodiment of comic perfection.
This special edition includes
Interviews with Billy Wilder, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and others
Complete facsimile of the screenplay with film stills from every scene
Excerpts from the script’s first draft
Behind-the-scenes on-set color photos
Original promotional materials and a wealth of supporting ephemera
Annotated/illustrated Billy Wilder filmography
And the DVD of the original version of this phenomenal movie
Alison Castle received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in photography and film from New York University (NYU/International Center of Photography master’s program). She is the editor of titles on photography, film, and design, including Some Like It Hot, The Stanley Kubrick Archives, Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs, and Marc Newson: Works.
Dan Auiler is the author of Hitchcock’s Notebooks and Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic. His books on Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Goodfellas were published in 2002. He lives in Long Beach, California.