All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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…
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…
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
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
Billy Wilder so far has been ranging all over the place, with some of his films blowing me away while the others come off disappointing; Wilder's self-conscious comedy, The Seven Year Itch, falls more towards the latter. The film is not a disaster or the worst I have seen from the director, but I did expect to find myself be entertained with it.
The film's script, written by Wilder, was based off a play by George Axelrod. I have no knowledge of the source material, therefore I cannot state the similarities between the film and the play, but one can clearly feel the essence of a stage in its method of storytelling. The protagonist, Richard Sherman,…
Oddly, the thing I remember most from this flick - beyond the obvious charms of Ms. Monroe - are the impressions of a middle class fifties existence in a sweltery, New York summer - the hats, the fans, the sweat. The subway grate. Yeah...
But subway grate stroll aside - the film is awfully stagey, not especially funny, and utterly undramatic - any "drama" happens in the main guys' imagination. A main guy that is both written and acted as an insecure, obnoxious, sexist creep. Wilder might be my favourite director from this era, but this piece is possibly his least compelling film. I guess it's mostly harmless, and has a few chuckles, but its mostly disposable fluff.
On the other hand...Marilyn Monroe. Wow.
Jeez, the lead character is such a skeeze.
This film has aged badly to the point where it is borderline unwatchable, all due to Tom Ewell's unbearable character.
Just what you want from a fifties sex farce; funny, absurd, witty and charmingly chaste. Marilyn Monroe might be an attention grabber with her iconic skirt-blowing scene and stock dizzy blonde act but Tom Ewell's hilarious turn as the sufferer of the funniest mid-life crisis ever really keeps it going.
"Take your potato chips and go."
What a line.
An abysmal, so-winkingly-cute-it's-obnoxious bit of sexist drivel that sullies Billy Wilder's otherwise impressive directorial record. Would be totally forgettable but for Marilyn Monroe's effervescence and comic timing.
Generally entertaining, but much of the humor has not aged well
I have a real soft spot for the pseudo-self help Broadway adaptations. I'd love to see a smaller rom-com bring back the instructional narrator.
It may not be among Billy Wilder’s best films, but I became enamored of The Seven Year Itch and have long counted it among my favorite movies. Of that hardly complete nor organized list of favorites is the other Billy Wilder/Marilyn Monroe movie, the superior and wonderful Some Like It Hot (1959), which, unlike The Seven Year Itch, was a favorite since my earliest years. My first movie star crush was on Monroe’s Sugar Kane. Either her or Julia Adams from The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
I got hooked on The Seven Year Itch somewhere along the way in the 1980’s or 1990’s, catching it on AMC back when AMC played actual American movie classics uncut and uninterrupted…
I probably like romance/romcoms a bit too much for any straight male, suggest some more like these please?
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…
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