Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Park Circus:
Park Circus is delighted to announce the big screen
release of Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing comedy Some Like it Hot. The film has
been restored in 4K by MGM, Park Circus and The Criterion Collection. The
theatrical re-release will follow the world premiere of the new 4K restoration
at The 75th Venice International Film Festival.
Featuring an all-star cast of Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
and Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot is set in Prohibition-era Chicago, where a
couple of struggling musicians are in the wrong place at the wrong time when
they witness the Valentines Day Massacre and find themselves on the run from
the mob. They accept a new gig out of town as part of an all-girl jazz troupe and
rock up on the train dragged up and raring to go.
Recently voted by the BBC
as the greatest comedy of all time, Some Like It Hot is a romantic comedy, a
buddy movie, a crime caper, and a musical - and a timely anthem in praise of
tolerance, acceptance, and the possibility of transformation.
A 4K restoration by MGM, Park Circus and The Criterion
Collection. Restored from the 35mm original camera negative. The 35mm
fine-grain master positive and a 35mm duplicate negative and were used to
replace missing/damaged sections of the camera negative. Restoration was
undertaken at Criterion Post, New York. Additional restoration and grading were
completed at Roundabout Entertainment, Santa Monica.
The film will open at the BFI Southbank and at selected
venues across the UK from 2 November.
Photos all copyright 2018 by Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.
BY MARK MAWSTON
Three days before the
launch of the new Halloween film and
40 years since the original was released, Cinema Retro’s Mark Mawston was
invited to photograph the London leg of the new tour by the original films
director John Carpenter. As with his concert
here two years ago, John’s set was littered with some of his finest moments;
themes that have transcended their mere film score monikers to become rock music
synth classics in their own right. Tunes such as The Fog, accompanied as it was by dry ice and clips from the film itself,
projected onto screens around the stage, were nirvana for those many fans gathered
to witnesses the maverick director’s other great contribution to cinema: his music,
played live on stage.
Film critic Ann Thompson worked on early John Carpenter movies as a press agent, including the original 1978 horror classic "Halloween", which is being reissued to theaters. Thompson recently reunited with the director and actress to reminisce about the making of "Halloween", which was made for a relatively small budget and became a boxoffice blockbuster. Carpenter also discusses how his superb remake of "The Thing" made him cynical about working with major studios after it under-performed at the boxoffice- a fate that was blamed on his ambiguous ending to the movie. Click here to read.