After witnessing a mob massacre in Chicago, musicians Joe (Jack Lemmon) and Jerry (Tony Curtis) are in grave danger. Posing as “Josephine” and “Daphne,” they evade the mob by joining a traveling all-women band headed to Florida, but farcical complications ensue as Jerry/Daphne falls for the band’s loopy ukelele player Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), and Joe/Josephine becomes the object of a millionaire playboy’s fixation.
David Mandel (Veep, Seinfeld) joined Carsey-Wolf Center Director Patrice Petro for a post-screening discussion.
Executive Producer/Writer/Director David Mandel
David Mandel is the Emmy Award-winning show runner and executive producer of Veep. He has also written for Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld (for which he wrote “The Bizarro Jerry” and “The Betrayal”), Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Simpsons (“Treehouse of Horror XXIII” with Brian Kelley). He is the co-writer of Eurotrip, The Dictator and, if you press him on it, The Cat in the Hat. His directing credits include Veep (Emmy-nominated for “Kissing Your Sister”), Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Comedians, and Eurotrip (uncredited). He is the co-author of Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, and an avid collector of original comic book art, Star Wars memorabilia, and movie props.
Moderator Patrice Petro
Patrice Petro is Professor of Film and Media Studies, Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, and Presidential Chair in Media Studies. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of twelve books, including The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (with Kristin Hole, Dijana Jelaca, and E. Ann Kaplan, 2017), Teaching Film(2012), Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s (2010), Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the “War on Terror” (2006), and Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History (2002). She served two terms as President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the largest U.S. professional organization for college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image.
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Department of Film & Media Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.
Hollywood Berlin: Exiles and Immigrants
Nearly a century ago, an unprecedented number of German exiles and immigrants working in the film industry left Europe for the United States. Lured by the resources of 1920s Hollywood and then pushed into exile by politics in 1930s Berlin, these filmmakers contributed some of the most influential films in the history of cinema. Focusing on the work of filmmakers who began their careers in Berlin and later worked in Hollywood, this series presents the latest restorations of their masterpieces in the state-of-the-art Pollock Theater with dynamic post-screening contributions from contemporary filmmakers, scholars, and artists.
The CWC Classics program celebrates cinema’s rich history, bringing classic films back to the big screen for critical viewing and discussion. These events feature filmmakers, academics, and professionals who can contextualize the production and historical impact of the films. The series occasionally presents classic films in their original 16 or 35 mm formats. CWC Classics events celebrate the history and significance of cinema’s enduring legacy.