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Irma La Douce (Masters of Cinema) Blu
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One of director Billy Wilder's biggest box office hits following his landmark comedies Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, the spectacular Irma La Douce -- adapted from the 1956 musical for the French theatre -- reunites Wilder with his Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, providing the latter with one of her most fondly remembered (and Oscar®-nominated) early roles.
MacLaine is Irma, a popular Parisian prostitute whose new pimp is an unlikely procurer: Nestor (Lemmon) is a former honest cop who was just fired and framed by his boss after Nestor inadvertently had him arrested in a raid. However, Nestor's love for Irma is making his newfound vocation impossible, so he poses as a phoney British lord who insists on being Irma's one and only "client." But when "Lord X" appears to have become the victim of foul play...further comedic complications ensue!
Irma La Douce offers many of the same sardonic observations on human nature as Wilder's earlier comedies -- in addition to the same riotous humour and touching romance -- but on an even broader, more colourful canvas. Collaborating again with his regular screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond, Wilder delivers one of his most purely entertaining crowd-pleasers of the 1960s.
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- Stunning 1080p presentation from a brand new 4K restoration
- LPCM Mono audio
- Optional English SDH subtitles
- Brand New and Exclusive Interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
- Feature Length Audio Commentary by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger
- Feature Length Audio Commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
- PLUS: A Collector s booklet featuring a new essay by Richard Combs, alongside a wide selection of rare archival imagery.
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Yes , but should i watch this one ?
You loved The Apartment , you'll love this too and if your one of those strange 'i don't watch Black and White films' people , its ok its in colour.
Have you ever wondered what a musical would be like if the cast didn't burst into song every 10 mins Grease , My Fair Lady ? well thats what happened to this musical , all songs dropped , it ok Wilder knows what he's doing,but it still clocks in at 2h 27m so we get more Lemon/MacLaine bang for our 'buck' .Having watched Kiss Me Stupid last weekend , loved it, see my review of that one too, i wanted more Wilder and after resisting this film for 2 years i took the plunge too find the water was lovely and warm and didn't want to get out when my time was up .
Its all shot on the Metro lot not in Paris and has that musical on film look about it , very bright colour , very un Wilder , and it has that 'im in safe hands' feel too it that you only get with great directors , i don't want to talk about plot except that its pure farce and funny farce at that . Don't be put off by the French title and the fact that only 34 people reviewed it ,watch it ,tell your friends about it, its that good.
Just the job to brighten up a wet Sunday afternoon when you really should be outside pruning the roses!
Frothy and fun but with a touch of pathos on the side.
Saw it on the telly years ago, and for some reason it just popped into my head again, so I thought I would buy the DVD. And what a fun film it is - thoroughly enjoyed it again - as did the wife!
Shirley MacLaine full of jokes to the perfection.Marvelous!
I know it's a comedy, but I found very little to laugh at this time round.
Finally, you cannot not like Jack Lemon and Shirley Maclean. An enjoyable 'feel good' film.