PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES (1964)

I have so many things to say about this movie—so many, many things. First of all, despite the fact that the plot meanders and doesn’t have much substance (although the nonlinear structure was refreshingly creative and quite welcome), the movie really does just mostly consist of making out and dragging typewriters around. That being said, the dragging around of typewriters is done so effectively and enticingly throughout the film that after I finished the movie, I spent the following four days scouring Etsy and eBay for a functioning typewriter to purchase so that I, too, could drag one around whilst locking lips with a handsome stranger and churning out a screenplay. I had a mint-condition vintage blue Remington Streamliner in my eBay cart and was just pulling out my debit card when I suddenly remembered that 1) the economy was at that very moment spiraling into a pandemic-induced recession, 2) I was at that point living in a teeny college dorm and would be downsizing into an even smaller apartment in mere weeks (aka NO space for a typewriter to collect dust), and 3) thanks to the coronavirus quarantine, I didn’t even have anyone to kiss while aesthetically dragging the typewriter around. Alas, then, no typewriter for me. But Tony Curtis’ phenomenally hilarious role in the film was thankfully enough of a consolation prize (I’d only ever seen him in Some Like It Hot, but still—forget snacks, he’s a complete dish. And I was h-e-r-e HERE for it).

Also, Mel Ferrer’s cameos were positively brilliant. (A quick side note for the less-educated—Mel Ferrer was Audrey’s first husband and produced her second thriller, Wait Until Dark, as well as co-starred with her in War & Peace and Mayerling. He was kind of a terrible person but you have to appreciate the Easter eggs anyways for the sake of history, ya know?) Not only that, the movie also featured several fantastic references to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and threw some brilliant shade at My Fair Lady (Audrey’s next movie to come out, just later that year). I felt like the Captain America “I understood that reference” meme throughout the entire movie—turns out that’s one of the most validating feelings in the whole world. Thanks, Cap.

All in all, was the movie way raunchier than I expected—yes. Absolutely hilarious—yes. Worth a watch—YES.