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…
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…
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.
Marilyn Monroe is charming, but I liked nothing else about this movie. Tom Ewell talks to himself through the whole thing. Very Irritating. It's labelled a "comedy", but not only didn't I laugh - I never even cracked a smile.
"Lately you've begun to imagine in Cinemascope, with stereophonic sound."
The more absurd it gets, the slightly less I want to slam the Nuke Everything in Existence button. But, seriously, Billy Wilder: WHAT THE FUCK?!
See also: How to Murder Your Wife. Which is only marginally worse because Oskar Homolka's scene here redeems it slightly.
This is a weird movie. I'm not sure how I feel about it.
First off, the plot is completely unpredictable. While in many cases this may benefit a film, especially one made during Hollywood's Golden Age of mass-produced, rainbow-colored sound stage flicks, this is no such case. The story hangs together so tenuously and with so little care that it made me feel a bit dizzy just trying to swallow it all. What is this film about, I found myself wondering. Why do I care?
I realized, eventually, that I cared for the writing. It felt a bit like a paradox in that sense; the writing was pleasantly clever and charming, although it was entirely too obvious that the screenplay…
Interesting only for providing a glimpse into the past, this romantic comedy was neither romantic nor funny. It was sexist, immoral, materialistic, racist, and promoted violence against women. Nearly all of the male characters were adulterous womanizers and the female characters were matronly, incompetent, or subservient. Nothing about the plot was plausible and the expository monologues drove me insane. I liked the psychological aspect of the narrative but it wasn't fully explored. I was surprised to learn there were vegetarian restaurants in New York in the 1950s but not as surprised as I was to learn that this movie is rated G. (I don't get it, MPAA.) The only good thing to come out of this experience is that I can finally say I've seen a movie with Marilyn Monroe in it.
Just plain wowza
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…