The art of the double bill, part three
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Whereas an evening of Some Like It Hot (two hours) with Irma La Douce (142 minutes) may yield an awareness that a little Billy Wilder can go a long way. But the teaming of the two radically different Hitchcock films below covers a vast range of attributes and qualities, at once enlightening and exhilarating. Note that Vertigo, widely considered a failure in its time, gets second billing.
After the success of Midnight Cowboy, Canada’s Astral Films paired a dubbed, pre-Graduate Italian comedy with Dustin Hoffman (originally third-billed under Elsa Martinelli and Caesar Romero) with an experimental Phil Kaufman comedy starring Jon Voight, Monique Van Vooren, Severn Darden, Joan Darling and Nelson Algren (!). As for the oddity below, it’s anyone’s guess if these pictures made it beyond urban screens or university auditoriums. I actually owned this poster way back when—it was a present from Nelhydrea Paupér.