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Irma La Douce

Irma La Douce (1963)

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This romantic comedy opens with a resounding warning: its chief concerns are passion, bloodshed, desire, and death. "Everything," exclaims the narrator, "that makes life worth living." Irma La Douce (Shirley MacClaine) is Paris' most prosperous prostitute. Wise, endearing, and compulsively clad in green, Irma rules the rue Casanova. She triumphantly works the most coveted corner on a street where the cops gladly look the other way and the naughty johns leave tips. Her street is a content

Sep 18, 2001

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2) | DVD (9)

A good example of how a movie can be utterly characteristic of its maker and still fall with a resounding thud...

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Wilder's soft-centred cynicism provides frequent enough laughs without too many longueurs.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Lemmon is little short of brilliant...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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One of Billy Wilder's lesser films, Irma La Douce relies entirely on its two stars, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, neither of whom is particularly good or funny, despite the masks and the accents.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Wilder somehow sustains the lively pace and humor for the two-and-a-half hour color comedy.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Just great fun.

February 21, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

The movie was filmed on a 360-degree set so shooting could be done in any direction.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wonderful story, stars (Lemmon & MacLaine), director (WIlder). And what a great Previn score.

May 9, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Though the saucy French soufflé has a few tasty moments it mostly sinks into being tasteless fare.

March 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A marriage of paradoxes.

August 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Underrated Wilder

October 16, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Irma La Douce

This is a fun film, but it doesn't near comparison to wilder's work with the two stars in 'the apartment." ...but no one said that it should.
April 5, 2012
bookmunki

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This is another really funny movie from WIlder, and starring the great Jack Lemmon. The story isn't new, and it's predictable sometimes, but that doesn't make the movie an less funny.
November 24, 2010
ajv2688

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A brilliant comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley McClane where the charcters and situation escalate way out of control and have hilarious consequences. The humour is still fairly subtle, but this is a totally unique quirky gem of a film, which has gone straight into to my favourites list.
November 23, 2010
76Majikat

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In Paris, naive cop Patou (Jack Lemmon) falls in love with top prostitute Irma (Shirley MacClaine). The dialogue is witty and Lemmon shines at times, but even at two-and-a-half hours the odd mix of lighthearted comedy and should-be-sordid subject matter never gels in tone.
May 5, 2008
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