”…as far as I’m concerned, your tops.
I mean decency-wise and otherwise-wise.”
I absolutely adore this movie!
By pure coincidence I’ve watched this film every year for the last three years and every time it just gets better and better. It should be considered mandatory viewing for any aspiring screenwriters. Not only is the script brilliant, but things like the mirror, the olives, and the newsstand, provide a masterclass in brilliant visual storytelling.
Jack Lemmon is easily one of the most magical humans to ever walk this planet and watching him mixing it up with an adorable Shirley MacLaine completely sucks me in. The two of them pull at my heartstrings like a master puppeteers, and their final scene gets me every time.
“Why can’t I ever fall in love with somebody nice, like you?”
“Yeah. Well, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles…cookie-wise.”
Cinematic Time Capsule - 1960 Ranked
Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies Volume I