While Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are individually ranked among the finest actors of their generation, their co-starring efforts consistently elevated their performances, as their onscreen antics reflected a close offscreen friendship. This month, Trylon Cinema will allow audiences to sample the talents of these performers, both in solo roles and sharing the screen. The 10-film series offers three Lemmon comedies—Some Like It Hot (1959), Irma La Douce (1963), and The Great Race (1965)—and four Matthau classics—Hopscotch (1980), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Charley Varrick (1973), and A New Leaf (1971). The series hits its greatest heights with three co-starring features: The Odd Couple (1968), Neil Simon’s comedy of mismatched roommates wherein the duo’s contrasting public personas accentuate the humor; The Front Page (1974), a satire of press sensationalism and journalistic opportunism; and The Fortune Cookie (1966), the tale of an unscrupulous lawyer who convinces his brother-in-law to exaggerate an injury for a big payout. Fridays through Tuesdays. Showtimes vary; check www.trylon.org for more details.
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