Robert Rosenberg’s Favorite Made-in-Miami Movies

Some Like It Hot (1959) 
Directed by Billy Wilder

“This classic comedy brings Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, hiding in plain sight disguised as female jazz musicians with Marilyn Monroe at their side, to a fi ctional Miami that was actually shot in California. Miami, as usual, is posited as outside of normal, daily life: a land of pleasure, rule breaking and craziness.”

Where the Boys Are (1960)
Directed by Henry Levin

“While not technically a ‘Miami’ movie, this essential spring-break romance arguably put Fort Lauderdale on the map and, shot on location, captures the essential fl avor of South Florida with a modern take heretofore not seen on screen.”

Miami Rhapsody (1995)
Directed by David Frankel

“One of the best attempts to tap into a more individualized vision of the ‘real’ Miami, hometown resident Frankel marries Woody Allen-style laughs with on-location shooting—though in typical Hollywood fashion, he makes Miami
seem creamier and smoother than it really is.”

There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly

“The sometimes crude but always funny humor of the Farrelly brothers lands in Miami for the best location shooting of any Hollywood fi lm. While they repurpose many settings so that locals might be perplexed to discern where they actually are, it does feel like Florida—albeit through LA glasses.”

Paraíso (2009) (RIGHT)
Directed by Leon Ichaso
“This small film, shot on high-definition video, perfectly captures Cuban Miami, from the gritty streets of Little Havana to the high-class luxury of Key Biscayne. And the soundtrack is terrific. It’s one of the only movies that makes the Miami viewer feel, Yes, this is the city I know!”    

E-mail: brett@oceandrive.com 
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