The Seven Year Itch. Good stuff, but there aren’t many things stage-to-screen that I’ve really, really loved. Brief Encounter is up there, though. (It also deals with adultery and features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 prominently in the score… coincidence?). Grease and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are other strong contenders.
Some Like It Hot. I have verified that this is one of the great comedies.
Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It’s like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built-in motor or something. I tell you, it’s a whole different sex!
Double Indemnity. This one is very good. Very cynical, not as nearly as complicated as some other noir, just a tight, direct story. You have to wonder why the characters let themselves get caught up like this. They might wonder the same thing. Good performances all around, but again I find myself especially impressed with Edward G. Robinson. The other time I saw him was in Key Largo.
Joe Gillis: You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.
Sunset Boulevard. Not as good as I had hoped, but still interesting beginning to end.