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…
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…
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
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,…
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…
Miss Finch, my adhesions
sexist as hell
Some boring shit about how charming and harmless male infidelity is.
One of Wilders lesser films, but still a fun Dramacomedy with Memorable dialouge and an iconic role by Marilyn Monroe
**a charming and extremely funny film not just to ogle at a girl's legs** I am such a fan of Marilyn, she has a beautiful glow in her comedic roles and this one has that original screwball tone to it. Tom Ewell and Marilyn make a great duo together in an original screwball comedy everybody should go see.
Amusing in parts and keeps you smiling for the entire duration...
Fun stuff until the seventy minute mark was past, and then I was just itching to get it over with. It usually goes that way with comedies, I get real tired if it drags too long, but this wasn't too bad.
Fun seeing the vent blowing up the skirt shot... ;P
Have to mention my favorite part of the film when they are playing chopsticks. Sooo fun.
I am beginning to fall in love with Marilyn, she's beautiful, charismatic, sweet and funny. Such a pleasure to watch. Had some funny moments and was quite a ridiculous story really. Didn't like that he was talking to himself all the time but he was quite an unhinged character. It was alright, quite sweet, fun and silly.
Well, I think this movie is just elegant.
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…
All the films I could find that QT uses as reference points in his films.
1-48 Reservoir Dogs (Django of…