Why the film "Some Like It Hot" in black and white
• Why is the film "Some Like It Hot" black and white
Most viewers do not ask this question - old film, so black and white. But this is misleading. By the time filming this in the United States was not a color film and color film deficit was no longer curiosity. That film, "Not tonight, Josephine" - that is how it was originally going to be called - was planned to shoot in color.
This contract required and Marilyn Monroe, who played the leading female role. She was supposed to appear only in the color pictures - it was a condition of Fox Studios, which "belonged" actress.
But the director Billy Wilder did not like the color film, preferring the good old black and white. And the story itself, that they came up with writer Isi Diamond simply required to stylize the film under the pre-war gangster movies.
But there was one problem - the make-up. After the first color screen test Josephine and Daphne cosmetics proved to be too "heavy" and gave out on the film is too visible and indestructible green.
In order to actors Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis to get used to images of women wearing dresses, went right on his heels, women gained the gait and gestures, the film company in Berlin was specially invited well-known female impersonator, transvestite Barbet (Babette). The first classes were held at the Curtis perfectly - he effectively looked prim Josephine, although internally was extremely constrained, which can not be said of his colleague - Lemmon. It was just the opposite: "Daphne" did not feel any awkwardness or from the dress, no make-up on, "she" freely roam in this form for the studio and acted as if all his life wore dresses.
All attempts to teach Lemmon look like a real woman were unsuccessful. "Lemmon is simply not possible, it will not work, he always refuses to do what I command him" - Babette fumed. What Jack said: "I did not want a convincing transformation into a woman, we have to represent the two men who are uncomfortable in a dress." film director Billy Wilder support line Lemmon. Frustrated by Babette filmmakers left three days later.
After selecting the make-up and make-up, wearing wigs, dressed in dresses, obuvshis in studs, merry Lemmon Curtis offered to arrange an exam: "Tony, let's visit as a check on the ladies' room. Only in a nearby film studios. Get to know us or not? "If the room is its pavilion of more or less learned, in the ladies' room of the pavilion stranger things have changed. Actors went to the mirror and began to tint the lips and eyelashes sum. Passed by the dancer, nothing suspecting even wondered which film "girls" are removed.
Satisfied "exam" Josephine and Daphne seemed to Billy Wilder. The director looked radiant Curtis and Lemmon and was satisfied: "It'll do, girls. Not perfect, but acceptable - you are, in the end, the guys who only pretend to be women ... Do not change anything. Are we going to shoot ... "At this point, Wilder knew - color film is definitely not going to happen. And ... happy.
Wilder managed to circumvent the contract - he told Monroe that men made up as women, the color does not look like a comic pair, but as "two of painted green gay." After seeing a sample, the actress "in horror" immediately agreed to the black and white version.
But we were only a few color photos from the set, so we can see how the film would look like "Some Like It Hot" in color.