‘Some Like It Hot’ in Billy Wilder’s Polish Hometown

Some Like It Hot is showing at 5:30 pm next Wednesday, May 3rd, at the Billy Wilder Centre for Culture and Film in his hometown of Sucha Beskidzka, Poland. Although Wilder is often identified as a native Austrian, when he was born in 1906, Sucha was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, before joining the newly founded Second Polish Republic in 1918. His parents managed a cake shop in the town’s train station, and would eventually own a chain of railway cafés. As a young journalist and aspiring filmmaker, Wilder lived in Vienna and Berlin before emigrating to the U.S. in 1933.

The film’s Polish title translates as ‘Half-Jokingly, Half-Seriously.’ In the 1960s, Poland was famed for its unusual and imaginative poster art. But the 1987 graphic for Some Like It Hot – featuring a Monroesque pair of voluptuous red lips – is odd to say the least; while the 2010 poster (below right) plays more directly on the gender confusion of Curtis and Lemmon’s characters.


You can view more of Marilyn’s Polish film posters here.