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After viewing Billy Wilders classic Some Like It Hot it is no wonder that the film was voted as the number one comedy by the American Film Institute Wonderfully constructed this movie has all the characteristics that has made a Wilder feature as signature as it is Delicious costuming a subtle use of shadows and setting to establish a mood and characters who share a stunning repoire with each other As the film opens the viewer is transported back to 1920s Chicago Billy Wilder utilized black and white to create a mood of nostalgia and an improved use of shadows I know this through prior study of the film These contrast tones also helped the viewer to remember the cop movies of the 20s and 30s Prohibition was in full swing and a speak easy run by Spats the mobster kingpin is under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation But one would think that an agent for the FBI would have more sense than to clean his badge in the open air like the one in the film does At this point we meet Gerald and Joe played by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis These young men are at the end of their ropes and are so happy just to have a job After the club is raided by the police the young men retreat into an alley behind the funeral parlor Here the fast pace jazz tempo creates a mood of frenzy and the shadows in the alley are reminiscent of the darkness surrounding the mobsters They escape and Joe has the bright idea of selling their coats to gain money to spend at the racetrack After losing the only possessions to their names besides the instruments that they play they travel to an agent in search of a new gig Finding the only position open as one for two girls the two leave dejectedly for a pathetic job at the University of
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