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Wow. I had to get up and walk away for a while on this one. The only way it could possibly get harder is to throw Sunset Boulevard in there as well. I'm going to have to give it to Double Indemnity,
I love Billy Wilder's noir films -- "Sunset Blvd" and "Double Indemnity" are my favorites -- but I just can't get into his comedies.
I too love Billy Wilder's noirs; however, that love does not reach past Sunset Boulevard and Ace in the Hole, I'm sorry to say. Double Indemnity was my first Billy Wilder film and, well, let's just say it wasn't love at first sight. While I liked the film, it is the closest I've come so far to encountering a dud in my look through Billy Wilder's filmography. Some Like it Hot, though, is fun, which is more than I can say for Double Indemnity. I may be one of those people that is baffled by the fame of Marilyn Manson, and found her performance to be especially lacking when compared to Jack Lemmon's or Tony Curtis', but she was serviceable enough for me to go along for the ride. And it was a fun ride, that's for sure.
BILLY WILDER, BILLY WILDER, BILLY WILDER. Just rewatched Some Like It Hot about two days ago. The first bit you're like oh God, this is a movie about men in dresses, but then you remember that it's smart and funny too. It's been a bit since I've seen Double Indemnity, but from what I remember it's my favourite Wilder Noir. But not nearly as rewatchable. Once Some Like It Hot hits its stride, which takes like 40 minutes, probably around the time when they have that bedtime party on the train, it becomes one of the better comedies ever. In the upper eschelon, at least. Off the top of my head I can't say the same about Double Indemnity within its own genre. Some LIke It Hot wins.
They are both masterpieces of their genre; Double Indemnity is one of the definitive film noirs and Some Like it Hot is a wonderful comedy. Some Like it Hot wins based on all the absurd humor and wonderful lines. If you disagree remember, "Nobody's Perfect."
Hmm, my favorite Billy Wilder movie taking on my least favorite. Some Like It Hot has a few funny moments and it's never boring, but there's really nothing about it that I would describe as great. Double Indemnity is, by far, the superior film.