I thought I would try my hand at a movie challenge because my watchlist and Netflix/Amazon queues are getting longer…
The Seven Year Itch
It TICKLES and TANTALIZES! - The funniest comedy since laughter began!
With his family away for their annual summer holiday, Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life. The beautiful but ditzy blonde from the apartment above catches his eye and they soon start spending time together - maybe a little too much time!
Notable for featuring one of 20th century's most iconic images, Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch is forever etched in the annals of cinema for that famous Marilyn Monroe's shot alone. And though by no means does it mean that it's not a good film because it's another fine feature from Wilder that teases with the idea of infidelity but it's certainly no match to his most acclaimed works.
The story of The Seven Year Itch concerns a so far faithful & overly imaginative middle-aged New Yorker who after sending his family off during the summer holidays tries to live a bachelor's life but finds himself tempted by his beautiful new neighbour. The title refers to the declining interest in monogamous…
Monroe's easy charisma and confidence make the somewhat unfortunate fact that her character is blase toward continual (and violent) advances somehow almost tolerable. it seems less oblivious, less silly, and somehow almost powerful for her to be above it, in part because she has a goal in this story that has nothing to do with romance or sex. She doesn't use sex to get what she wants, either, but merely exists as a force of sexuality around the obnoxious main character.
Her performance certainly worked, but everything else was just a bit tired and irritating. The fantasies of the lead male just felt uncomfortable as he pathetically tried to justify his neglect, infidelity, and sexism as victimhood. Sure, it's played for laughs, but that only makes it more uncomfortable. And as far as iconic moments go, the subway vent moment didn't really have the power it deserves after so much hype.
December count: 20/100
Although The Seven Year Itch will never be considered one of Wilder's best pictures because of its natural silliness and also because it is one of the director's weakest scripts, it is still a wonderful slice of entertainment. Underneath the film's effective laughs, silly moments and even self-conscious jokes, you can find an effortlessly enjoyable sociological portrait of the American way of life of the period and even a study on human connections, marriage, loyalty and betrayal. Obviously the ‘more serious’ side of the film never really comes together because of the way the director approaches the subject in question with a very easy, but nonetheless funny humour. Yet the natural genius of Billy Wilder can be found in his…
Richard Sherman: "Oh no, Not today".
The story to The Seven Year Itch is about a New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) ships his wife, Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model (Marilyn Monroe) who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor -- but will his fantasies about her become a reality?
I couple of days ago it just came to me that I haven't seen any movies starring the icon herself Marilyn Monroe. I mean wow how can I go through life without seeing the most ionic actress of…
Performances : 6.5/10
Story : 7.8/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.1/10
Marilyn Monroe was a horrible, horrible actress but god she was beautiful. That's what makes this film work. Through all the hijinx I couldn't help but find myself jealous of Tom Ewell's character. I mean, let's be real here, this has to be one of the more misogynistic movies made, and saying this today probably makes me come off like a bit of an asshole. But seriously, dude had the life.
In typical Billy Wilder fashion there are plenty of laughs and plenty of great moments. In particular I loved the scene where Richard Sherman sarcastically declares that "Marilyn Monroe is in my kitchen" only to be scoffed…
Billy Wilder's "The Seven Year Itch," a jazzy love song about the goofily lusty near-middle-aged man, is a colorful and frothy mid-century treat. Starring Marilyn Monroe in full, iconic glory, the comedy examines, with a wink and a smile, those things that threaten marriage or inadvertently make it stronger. It is a blushingly gleeful piece of work.
Wilder tells the story Tom Ewell's Richard Sherman, a lovable schlub who is left to his own devices when his wife and child are away for the summer. Richard runs headlong into his upstairs neighbor, played by Marilyn Monroe, and is rocked by the temptations she provides. It is all innocuous fun as the neighbor becomes the subject of both fantasy and an…
The seven year itch, my first Marilyn Monroe movie. She really is a beauty... A goofy actress but enjoyable to watch. Tom Ewell had me laughing the whole movie. I don't really watch older movies but I'd like to check out more of them I really enjoyed this one.
It has it's brief moments, but watching this after seeing Wilder's Sunset Boulevard and Some Like it Hot, is immensely disappointing.
There are so many scenes of fantasy without enough scenes of action, until the very end at least. I wondered what Wilder was thinking making this film, since it lacked any of the quick wit in Some Like it Hot.
"a nothing picture because the picture should be done today without censorship... Unless the husband, left alone in New York while the wife and kid are away for the summer, has an affair with that girl there’s nothing. But you couldn’t do that in those days, so I was just straitjacketed. It just didn’t come off one bit, and…
Marilyn Monroe is enchanting.
It's funny that the Wilder scene that has most thoroughly penetrated popular imagination is from one of his least Wilder-esque movies.
It's a pretty good movie. It feels throughout like a stage play, with its long scenes, monologuing, and few sets. The photography is pretty good, but Wilder doesn't really do anything with those big wide Cinemascope frames. There are some really funny pans / tracking shots, though. I don't think Wilder really cared that much about color film, and, outside of the titles and a few shots of Monroe the movie wouldn't have really been any different without De Luxe's contributions.
Could the main character possibly be any more unrelatable? Sure, Tom Ewell does a fine job in the role, but his character is kind of a scumbag. Yet, for some reason the film expects us to root for him. Billy Wilder, despite his usual charm, simply could not save this, the writing and story are just too misguided. The plot goes nowhere and the two characters we spend all our screen-time with have absolutely no character, outside of their dull stereotypical traits. And that's not even to mention the out of place and downright stupid ending. I suppose it could be worse, at least the film's visuals are consistently pleasing and it has some creativity coursing through its veins.
But, ultimately, I had no idea what this movie was trying to say about infidelity. I took nothing away from this movie.
Perhaps all that would be forgiveable if the movie was funny... Too bad it isn't very funny.
A perfect portrait of the entitleness of the mediocre white man.
still, notable for its place in time and film history
Goofy movie . Marilyn is so hot . Hated the ending . Stupid guy should of left his wife and try to get with Marilyn ..
Segunda película que veo de Billy Wilder y aunque la primera no tiene nada que ver con la segunda, esta me gustó mucho más.
Qué linda que era Marilyn.
Our troubled lead gets a bit too much validation at the end for my taste but until then it's surprisingly funny and charming considering the subject matter.
the never ending NYC movie list.
feel free to add more if i missed any.
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…