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Avanti!

Released 1972
Distributor United Artists

Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s ingenious but somewhat plot-heavy black comedy is mainly remembered today for the demure Juliet Mills’ cheery skinny-dipping scene with the eternally flustered Jack Lemmon. Lemmon travels to Naples to investigate the peculiar demise of both his father and his father’s mistress (Mills’ mother). Naturally our two leads begin to emulate their parents’ hedonistic ways.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.