Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot - The Funniest Film Ever Made: The Complete Book, Taschen's tribute to Billy Wilder's classic comedy, has been reissued to celebrate the publisher's twenty-fifth anniversary. Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is arguably the greatest comedy film ever made; its twist ending, with the final line "Nobody's perfect!", is one of the most famous moments in cinema.

The book includes an interview with Wilder, and was originally published shortly before his death. This new edition has a slightly smaller format, and comes with a DVD of the film. The original edition featured a reprint of Marilyn Monroe's annotated script, which is missing from this new edition. It remains a fitting tribute to the film, though, with a complete reprint of the shooting script, publicity materials, media clippings, and a Wilder filmography.

Editor Alison Castle has also edited two Kubrick books for Taschen, The Stanley Kubrick Archives and Napoleon, both of which are equally lavish and comprehensive. Her collaborator on Some Like It Hot, Dan Auiler, has a less impressive back-catalogue: he did extensive research for his book Hitchcock's Notebooks, but his book on Vertigo included a suspiciously generic foreword by Martin Scorsese, and his advertised books on Taxi Driver and GoodFellas seem not to exist.

1 comment(s):

nessuno2001 said...

Alison Castle's idea of being comprehensive on a topic is to throw at you as many things as she can. If she treated the material of this book as she did with the books on Kubrick, I wouldn't buy it.