Asked by N.Y. Times editors to choose five comedies they’d want in their knapsack if they were stranded on a remote desert island (i.e., one with electricity, a 36″ Sony flat screen, a table to put it on, a DVD player and an easy chair), none of these funny-ass professionals — Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Catherine O’Hara, Bernie Mac, Chris Elliott, Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, David Cross, Ricky Gervais, Santiago Segura, Anna Faris plus four others who don’t have very recognizable names — chose Some Like It Hot, okay? Billy Wilder‘s greatest film ever! Recount!
My personal five: Some Like It Hot, The Big Lebowski, Sullivan’s Travels, Dr. Strangelove, Sideways, Flirting With Disaster, Groundhog Day, Prizzi’s Honor, Election, Intolerable Cruelty, Hold That Ghost, Young Frankenstein, Bringing Up Baby, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Planes, Trains and Automobiles . Okay, that’s fifteen…whatever. How about some lists from the readership?