Eureka Entertainment to release Billy Wilder’s IRMA LA DOUCE, a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, presented from a brand new 4K restoration on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as a part of The Masters of Cinemas Series from 18 March 2019.
One of director Billy Wilder‘s biggest box office hits following his landmark comedies Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, the spectacular Irma La Douce — adapted from the 1956 musical for the French theatre — reunites Wilder with his Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, providing the latter with one of her most fondly remembered (and Oscar®-nominated) early roles.
MacLaine is Irma, a popular Parisian prostitute whose new pimp is an unlikely procurer: Nestor (Lemmon) is a former honest cop who was just fired and framed by his boss after Nestor inadvertently had him arrested in a raid. However, Nestor’s love for Irma is making his newfound vocation impossible, so he poses as a phoney British lord who insists on being Irma’s one and only “client.” But when “Lord X” appears to have become the victim of foul play…further comedic complications ensue!
Irma La Douce offers many of the same sardonic observations on human nature as Wilder’s earlier comedies — in addition to the same riotous humour and touching romance — but on an even broader, more colourful canvas. Collaborating again with his regular screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond, Wilder delivers one of his most purely entertaining crowd-pleasers of the 1960s.
“a fine example of Billy Wilder’s mid-career eccentricity and cosmopolitan curiosity” – Slant
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
1080p presentation on Blu-ray
LPCM Mono audio
Optional English SDH subtitles
Brand New and Exclusive Interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
Feature Length Audio Commentary by critic and film historian Kat Ellinger
Feature Length Audio Commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
PLUS: A Collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Richard Combs, alongside a wide selection of rare archival imagery.
USA | 1960 | 147 Mins | 2.35:1 | Comedy, Romance | English