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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.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.

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