Irma La Douce
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This romantic comedy opens with a resounding warning: its chief concerns are passion, bloodshed, desire, and death. "Everything," exclaims the narrator, "that makes life worth living." Irma La Douce (Shirley MacClaine) is Paris' most prosperous prostitute. Wise, endearing, and compulsively clad in green, Irma rules the rue Casanova. She triumphantly works the most coveted corner on a street where the cops gladly look the other way and the naughty johns leave tips. Her street is a content community of live and let live and good-natured desire, an Augean stable of human… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A good example of how a movie can be utterly characteristic of its maker and still fall with a resounding thud..."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"One of Billy Wilder's lesser films, Irma La Douce relies entirely on its two stars, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, neither of whom is particularly good or funny, despite the masks and the accents."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The movie was filmed on a 360-degree set so shooting could be done in any direction."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A marriage of paradoxes."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Wilder's soft-centred cynicism provides frequent enough laughs without too many longueurs."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Wilder somehow sustains the lively pace and humor for the two-and-a-half hour color comedy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Wonderful story, stars (Lemmon & MacLaine), director (WIlder). And what a great Previn score."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Underrated Wilder"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Mr. Lemmon is little short of brilliant..."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Just great fun."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Though the saucy French soufflé has a few tasty moments it mostly sinks into being tasteless fare."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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