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
Jan 1, 1963 Wide
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A good example of how a movie can be utterly characteristic of its maker and still fall with a resounding thud...
Wilder's soft-centred cynicism provides frequent enough laughs without too many longueurs.
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.
Wilder somehow sustains the lively pace and humor for the two-and-a-half hour color comedy.
Just great fun.
The movie was filmed on a 360-degree set so shooting could be done in any direction.
Wonderful story, stars (Lemmon & MacLaine), director (WIlder). And what a great Previn score.
Though the saucy French soufflé has a few tasty moments it mostly sinks into being tasteless fare.
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