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Good bye, Tony Curtis

Article: Good bye, Tony Curtis

When I was a little girl I swooned over Tony Curtis as The Great Leslie in THE GREAT RACE, the 1965 screwball comedy costarring Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon as competitors in a turn-of-the-century car race from New York to Paris. Older now, I appreciate Jack Lemmon’s contribution to the film more. Actually, he steals the show with one of the best comedic performances of his career, but to a young girl a pretty face and a soft voice somehow makes more of a lasting impact. Curtis had a chance to show his comic abilities six years earlier in SOME LIKE IT HOT, another screwball he starred in opposite Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Here, Curtis got to play dress-up as both a woman and as a Cary Grant-inspired millionaire bachelor (see clip above).

Three weeks of Elia Kazan

Article: Three weeks of Elia Kazan

James Dean in EAST OF EDEN Before starting a new film, Elia Kazan would buy a small school notebook and then fill it over the course of the production. Those notebooks have since been collected and compiled for the recently published “Kazan on Directing.” In support of the book release Film Forum is hosting three…