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A fictitious meeting between 'The Actress' (Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe), 'The Professor' (Michael Emil as Albert Einstein), 'The Ballplayer' (Gary Busey as Joe DiMaggio) and 'The Senator' (Tony Curtis as Joe McCarthy) over a period of one night and morning in a hotel room. The plot may be quite surreal, but many of the scenes shown of those four individuals are based on facts, e.g. Monroe's miscarriage, DiMaggio's jealousy, Einstein's political beliefs, etc.. The dialogues are always witty, the performances of the whole cast brilliant (down to a small appearance by Will Sampson), an excellent soundtrack (feat. Midge Ure, Roy Orbison, Hans Zimmer, W.A. Mozart (an interpretation of 'Jupiter Symphony' by Gil Evans & Orchestra), Stanley Myers, and others) and it's serious message is done in a very comical way. Trivia: The film is featured in Big Audio Dynamite's music video for their song 'E=MC2'.
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
The Greatest Movie Couple of All-Time
Thankfully, nothing to do with the awful 80's movie with the same name, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. This is one of the finest comedies, criminally overlooked. A young Don Ameche and the beautiful Gene Tierney are both fabulous in the lead roles, in fact, they're one of the finest screen couples in film history. In an overall good cast, Charles Coburn and Eugene Palette, both great (comedy-)actors of their time (sadly, overlooked too), stand out particularly. Like many other Lubitsch-comedies, the clever plot and witty dialogue, are well ahead of its time. Trivia: The screenplay was based on the play 'Birthday' by Leslie Bush- Fekete.