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There are moments, okay, many moments, when I can’t help but wonder if I was born in the wrong generation. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t take for granted the progress I appreciate every day, but my preference in music and films often takes me back more than a few decades.
One of my most beloved actors is Jack Lemmon. As a child I was introduced to him paired alongside Walter Matthau in Grumpy Old Men, and I soon came to discover his earlier career which had me immediately smitten.
The two films starring Jack Lemmon that I highly recommend sitting down on a rainy evening with a cup of something delicious to enjoy are The Apartment with Shirley MacLaine and Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Both playful and delightful, the films reveal Jack Lemmon’s uncanny innate ability for comedic timing and humorous behavior and expressions.
For some reason the simple luxury of knowing nothing crass or grotesque is going to pop on the screen for shock and awe effect to make up for poor writing/acting is all too often rare these days in comedic or romantic comedies. And so no matter who your company is, these films offer a brief respite and a few chuckles as well as plots that are creative and acting that is more than just decent.
Awe, with the long weekend, I’m off to search for another classic to enjoy. If you have any suggestions, please do share.
~Tony Curtis (far left), Jack Lemmon (center), Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot~
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