Dean Martin and Kim Novak in a wild embrace on the couch in a still from Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Dean Martin and Kim Novak in a wild embrace on the couch in a still from Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Kiss Me, Stupid

Billy Wilder | United States of America | | PG

Dean Martin limns a comic self-portrait as a lecherous singer whose car “breaks down” in the small town of Climax, Nevada. Enter Kim Novak in full bombshell mode, closely followed by two amateur songwriters who hope Dino will make them rich.

Raunchy, vulgar and outrageously funny, this is Billy Wilder’s harshest view of the American landscape since Ace in the Hole but its “rancid atmosphere conceals the virtues of the movie’s classical structure … and deft comic timing” (J. Hoberman).

Scripted by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, it was inevitably condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency.

Format: DCP, Black & White
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Park Circus
Duration: 126 mins


26 & 28 Apr 2021


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126 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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