Avanti! (1972)/Irma La Douce (1963)
First, Billy Wilder's touching and funny romantic farce "Avanti!" focuses on a stodgy corporate executive (Jack Lemmon) who's in Italy to claim the body of his father, who has been killed in an accident. There he meets the daughter of his father's mistress (Juliet Mills), and the two begin their own affair on their parents' favorite little island. Clive Revill, Edward Andrews co-star. Next, the Wilder/I.A.L. Diamond farce "Irma La Douce" stars Lemmon as a bumbling Paris gendarme who is fired for raiding the red light district (where his chief is a customer) and becomes an equally bumbling pimp for streetwalker Shirley MacLaine. Co-stars Lou Jacobi; Oscar-winning music by Andre Previn. 4 3/4 hrs. total. Soundtrack: English.
Academy Award ®
Winner: Best Score (Adaptation or Treatment)
Nominee: Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine), Best Cinematography (Color)
- Billy Wilder
- Closed Captioned:
- Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Juliet Mills, Lou Jacobi, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews, Bruce Yarnell, Herschel Bernardi, Gianfranco Barra, Hope Holiday, Franco Angrisano, Pippo Franco, Joan Shawlee, Franco Acampora, Grace Lee Whitney, Giselda Castrini, Tura Satana, Harriette Young, Raffaele Mottola, Lino Coletta, Paul Dubov, Howard McNear, Harry Ray, Guidarino Guidi, Cliff Osmond... More